Gera Scott Chandler

Medium: Mixed Media

Region: The Islands

Biography:

Vancouver Islander Gera Scott Chandler’s art has always been deeply affected by her environment. When she was a child she used to run down to the beach, gather cedar bark and kelp, tease the materials into long strips and spend happy hours weaving the cords into wall hangings and baskets. Her imagination was alive with stories and her first works of craft were props for play making. Her childhood freedom gave her early training for her current work. Storytelling is infused in her pieces as she works to achieve a subtle narrative based either on the character of the figure she is sculpting or a suggestion of past history with surface treatments and the design of her vessels. She was delighted when someone once commented that a piece she had made was Futuristic Primitive as she couldn’t decide if the piece reminded her of an ancient artifact or a prop from a science fiction movie!

Gera has been using polymer clay as her primary medium for almost twenty years. Polymer Clay is a synthetic material that fires at 275 F. It is available in a myriad of mixable colours as well as a translucent version for 3 dimensional surface effects. It can be sculpted, stamped, carved and even turned on a lathe or potters wheel. Adding inclusions such as sand, ash, ground herbs and spices or crushed clamshells results in interesting variations that imitate natural materials such as jade, opal, turquoise or even rusted metal. As the clay fires at a low 275 F it can be fired repeatedly with organic or mineral inclusions and attachments. She is able to carve, stamp and “scritch scratch” the surface of the clay for effects that highlight and colour with alcohol inks. She includes pieces from her collections of silk and wool fibres, organic materials and beach-combed treasures for connections and texture.

Gera always enjoys meeting people at shows and exhibitions and feels enormously encouraged when her work motivates conversation, but nothing is more exciting than when people invent their own stories to complete the connection between the artwork and the viewer. As Gera see’s it, her role is to incorporate influences from her landscape to create pieces that inspire the viewer to celebrate their own sense of play and in turn find joy in creating their own stories as they view her work.

Work can be viewed at:
Crafthouse YVR-
Sidestreet Studio- Oak Bay- Victoria, BC
The Old School House Arts Centre- Qualicum Beach BC
The Crafts Council of BC Crafthouse-
Granville Island- Vancouver BC
South Shore Gallery- Sooke BC
Butchart Gardens Victoria BC
The Gallery at Matticks Farm- Victoria BC

Artist Website:
http://www.gerascottchandler.com

Contact Address:

Amused Creations
1636 Hampshire Road, Victoria , BC V8R 5T5
250-595-2559

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