MALLEABLE at the Italian Cultural Centre October 18-December 10, is the final installment in Il Museo’s 2019 series, Gendered Voices, exploring contemporary and historic narratives about women, relationships and gender.

This show presents the work of 21 esteemed BC ceramic artists, and features new work by Georgina Lohan.

This exhibition aims to examine partnerships, sexuality and social roles . The juxtaposition of traditional media (clay) with contemporary themes becomes a meditation upon long held definitions of identity and the limits they impose.

Previous exhibitions in this series explored traditional, often rigidly defined, archetypal notions of women, and their place in society and relationships.

The final exhibition invites esteemed BC ceramic artists to challenge and question, these long held definitions of gender and gender roles and their place in contemporary society. The premise of the exhibition is inspired by Lao-Tzo description of water being open to change, and having the properties essential to adapt to changing states and the environment. This exhibition takes this concept espoused by Lao Tzo and applies it to clay. Clay, like water, is the most malleable of all materials, but unlike water, clay relies on its relationship to human hands, human will and human vision to facilitate its change in state. Therefore it is the natural medium through which the artist can explore notions of change, self-expression and personal identity.

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THE RETURN by Georgina Lohan

With the large-scale porcelain sculpture, “The Return”, I consider the forest as a site of enchantment and an incubator of mysterious energies, exploring the imagery of the birch forest as a locus for metamorphosis and transformation.

The forest plays a role in many mythologies, serving as a liminal zone between conscious and unconscious, magical and ordinary, or safe and dangerous territories.

The Great Goddess emerges from a grove of trees. She is the personification of nature and presides over a world that is lush, fertile and supernatural. The female principle is here to restore balance to a world in distress.

She holds the power of life, death and rebirth. She is here with us in the present moment and she is ancient. Artifacts that go back as far as the Paleolithic testify to a widespread reverence for her in many parts of the world and extensively throughout Old Europe.

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