A RUSTED DEVELOPMENT - mixed media by Chandra Rice
Fibre Arts - Chandra's current area of exploration is using found objects - both natural and those crafted by humans - to print on fabric. Following in the footsteps of women like India Flint, Fabienne Dorsman-Rey, and Wendy Fe, she has been upcycling garments and cloth by eco-printing on them. Fascinated by microhabitats or zones, she delves into the natural and built environment that directly surrounds her, exploring the cultural and community meanings and uses of the space, and what either grows or can be found in a space. Her home town, Hamilton, is a particularly rich source of microhabitats; an old industrial steel town nestled in the rich natural landscape of the golden horseshoe. Her work is deeply connected to her own growing sense of self as an artist, and her place in the community.
Ceramics - Surface decoration has been her nemesis for years. So began a deep dive on rethinking my ceramics as a canvas upon which to play. Drawing on the work of her ceramics community - in particular Wayne Cardinalli, Emma Smith, Christopher Reid Flock, and Scott Barnim - she began pushing her practice daily, and has discovered a whole new world of wonder!