Nurielle Stern
2015 Award:  Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Award

Nurielle Stern’s work navigates the malleability of language and materials, the historic role of craftsman as storyteller, and the dialectics of inside and outside—the tamed and the wilderness. She creates sculptural objects and installations that combine ceramics with mixed media, and often video projection. Her pieces are saturated with texture and vibrant glazes; imbuing them with a hyperreal quality. In shaping clay, Nurielle makes a fictional world of her own imagining tangible, and creates things at once strange and familiar.

Nurielle is an artist in residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. She received an MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University in 2014, after studying ceramics at Sheridan College, as well as sculpture at OCAD University. Nurielle’s installation, Eyes of Metal and Agate, was exhibited at the Gardiner Museum in 2013. She has also shown work at Harbourfront Centre, the Canadian Sculpture Centre, and Craft Ontario, among other venues. Nurielle’s most recent solo exhibition, The Bone Runners, was presented by the Gardiner Museum as a Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independent Project in 2015.   

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Creek & Crossing (Installation view)
Glazed ceramic and digital video projection on distressed mirror, wooden chairs, milkpaint

Creek & Crossing (Detail view)
Glazed ceramic and digital video projection on distressed mirror, wooden chairs, milkpaint

Eyes of Metal and Agate (Installation view)
Glazed ceramic, wood and steel vitrines

Eyes of Metal and Agate: Guarding Cat (Detail view)
Glazed ceramic, wood and steel vitrines

Eyes of Metal and Agate: Fish Pieces (Detail view)
Glazed ceramic, wood and steel vitrines

Eyes of Metal and Agate: Sitting Cat (Detail view)
Glazed ceramic, wood and steel vitrines

The Glooming
Glazed ceramic

Hollow Tree Series: I Remember Water (left), Cambium (right) (Installation view)
Glazed ceramic and digital video projection on distressed mirror, plinths

Stir (Series I)
Glazed ceramic

Where the Golden Apples Grow
Glazed earthenware, softpaste porcelain, thread

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