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The Exploded Curio Cabinet
Illustrations by Andrea Dorfman, ceramics by Kate Grey

The Exploded Curio Cabinet was a collaboartion between animator and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman and myself. From September 2016- June 2017 Andrea was my mentor in the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship program. Towards the end of our time in the VANS program we collaboarted on this piece that was exhibited with the other mentors and mentees in the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. 

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The inspiration for this work was through out the program Andrea was passing her experiences and professional practice information to me as an emerging artist. Before the end of our time together she gave me a list of life lessons that I shouldn't forget as I work in art. From that list I created objects that best represented those items, Andrea then painted images corresponding to the ceramic objects.

We later had printed on decal paper and kiln fired to the surfaces of all the ceramic objects. If that list was going to be a 3 dimensional installation then we both agreed is was going to be an Exploded Curio Cabinet that summed up our experiences with each from one artist to another.

Photography by Kate Grey