“The more things change the more I stay the same.
I am always looking for new in the pattern, this time loss led the way. The new work has lost its illusion of strength, lost the imposing industrial scale, and been hollowed out, exposing a new perspective from the existing structure.
I’ve been thinking a lot about community and family, connection and relationships. It is my hope that these delicate little sculptures will become objects of similar contemplation. These are sized to fit the hand. I think more clearly with my fingertips fully engaged in the process, I doubt I’m alone in this. Please enjoy the feel of this work as well as it’s appearance.” Jason Holley.
Jason Holley’s chainmail ceramic sculptures are much smaller than previous work, scaled down to the jewellery that he also fabricates. Forms that resemble netting as well as chain, and even lobster traps, are joined and melded in sometimes awkward and sometimes elegant ways.
Holley describes his building process: “It can be unforgiving. Mistakes in the pattern compound themselves and can be difficult to dig out. The clay must be specifically dry: too wet and it warps; too dry and it crumbles. It requires a discipline and commitment I’ve not managed anywhere else in life,” Jason Holley.
In 2012 Holley was nominated for the prestigious RBC Emerging Artist Award hosted by the Gardiner Museum, Canada’s only museum devoted exclusively to ceramic art.
Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Jason Holley studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the College of the North Atlantic and the Craft Council Clay Studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His chainmail ceramic sculptures were exhibited in the gallery at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He was awarded The People’s Choice Award at The Artist Project, 2012 in Toronto.