Juliana Rempel moved to Saskatoon with the intentions of doing a pharmacy degree. However, a painting class changed her direction. “I returned to Medicine Hat, the city I was born and raised in, and enrolled in the Visual Communications course at the college. I soon transferred to Emily Carr in Vancouver with the intentions of taking Industrial Design. I decided to take a ceramics course quite literally to fill a spot and quickly became obsessed with the medium.”
Rempel admires artists who consider the concept of space within their work. Some of her influences include Richard Serra, Anders Ruhwald, Clare Twomey, and Edmund De Waal. She spends countless hours learning to throw pots, trimming pots, glazing and firing — and enjoying every minute.
The pieces in her November show at the Art Gallery of St. Albert are all influenced by everyday objects as well as the traditions of still life. They explore the relationships between familiarity and ambiguity; these silent objects look to find a voice within their frame.
Rempel is currently an instructor in the ceramics department at ACAD, maintaining a studio practice, and is a mom of two little girls. “It’s always a struggle to balance spending, making, showing, selling, teaching, and a family, but it’s all part of the process.”
Right now, she is working with a fellow ceramic artist and friend Marianne Chenard to put together a new exhibition, which makes her think there will be more collaboration in her future. Learn more on her website. —Fabian Flintoff
See Rempel’s work at:
Posed and Poised | Through November 28
In this double-billed exhibit, photographer Andrzej Maciejewski and ceramicist Julian Rempel’s work comments on the irony of engineered and flawless foods of today’s industry.
Art Gallery of St. Albert | 19 Perron St., St. Albert | 780-460-4310