Magdolene Dykstra
2015 Award: Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Mid-Career Award for Excellence

Magdolene Dykstra has exhibited her work in Canada, the United States, the U.K., and Europe. She finds inspiration in the long history of figurative clay sculpture, as it has explored the nature of humanity. Previously, Magdolene’s work has focused on examining the human nature through the experience of the individual. 

Magdolene is currently pursuing alternative methods in clay that will allow her to erase the individual while still using the figure. Specifically, she breaks the figure into a collection of objects, rather than presenting a unified whole. These fragmented figures are made of unfired clay, which emphasize concepts of transience and mortality. Magdolene plans to further the development of her ideas as a Resident Artist at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta in winter 2015. 

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Female
Raw clay and mixed media

Female (Detail)
Raw clay and mixed media

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Raw clay and mixed media

Male (Detail)
Raw clay and mixed media

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Ceramic and mixed media

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Ceramic and mixed media

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