Carole Epp is a Canadian ceramic artist living and working in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She received her Masters Degree in Ceramics from the Australian National University in 2005 and has maintained a full time studio practice since. Her ceramics branch off into two distinct bodies of work wherein she produces lines of sculptural and functional objects. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada; in Australia, Scotland and the United States. Her artwork and writing has also been published in the past few years in magazine publications, websites and books. She is editor of Musing About Mud an online blog that showcases information, calls for entry, exhibitions and artist profiles related to the ceramic arts.
My studio practice presents a subversion of traditional kitsch figurines inspired by lowbrow art and culture, and the aesthetics of pop surrealism. Fueling the stories behind each figurative sculptural tableau is a mash-up of narratives of the human condition: death and love, hope and failure, faith and morality, family and social pressures. My art practice incorporates my life as a maker, craftsperson, instigator, activist, reflector and commentator. By exploring personal; yet universal, social, political, humanitarian, environmental and global ideologies through a methodology I seek to engage the viewer in conversation, in thought and in action.
This body of work is an evolution of a 6-year project. In that time my work has evolved in content, presentation, research and aesthetic. Construction of the sculptures is a combination of slip-cast and hand-built components. I add and alter components from vintage molds for use in the work due to a desire to interact with the history and the constructed ideologies/propaganda/stereotypes that the original figurines portray. Each piece is fired mid-temperature range with underglazes and then undergoes multiple china paint firings for the final colors. At times I use found objects or alternative finishes in the work as the content dictates, however the ceramic material and an engagement with its processes and history is always primary in the work.