Heidi McKenzie: Images and Archives in my Ceramic Practice

Heidi McKenzie: Images and Archives in my Ceramic Practice

April 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Event Details

Toronto-based ceramic artist, Heidi McKenzie, will discuss her upcoming solo exhibition at the Esplanade Gallery in Medicine Hat, Brick by Brick: Absence versus Presence (April 25th to July 15th, 2022). Her installations draw on over a century of archival photographs of the brickyards in Medicine Hat, the Ross Creek flood of 2010, and I-XL’s untimely demise.

In addition, Heidi will give an overview of her ongoing practice of using ceramic sculpture as a canvas for photographic images, and her more recent explorations in ceramics regarding her mixed Indo-Trinidadian/Irish-American ancestry.

Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. She graduated from Sheridan College in 2012 and subsequently completed her MFA in Curatorial Practice and Art Criticism at OCADU in 2014. Heidi’s work seeks to reinvigorate modernism through abstraction and engages issues of race, identity, ancestry, migration and archive, as well as body and healing. Heidi is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Toronto Potters Biennial at the Gardiner Museum (2021). She has worked as an artist in residence nationally and internationally – most recently at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Her work is included in private and public collections including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada and the Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia.  For more visit her website at https://heidimckenzie.ca

This talk will be presented live via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 990 7821 5923
Passcode: Nickle



Heidi McKenzie, Illuminated, 2020-2021, porcelain, iron-oxide photo decal, wood, metal, LED light fixtures, photo credit: Peter Flannery
Heidi McKenzie, Division, 2022, porcelain, iron-oxide photo decal, plexiglass, wood, photo credit: Peter Flannery


Heidi McKenzie, Brickworks No. 1 augmented reality still, 2022, stoneware, slip, and digital manipulation by Kira Vlietsra, photo credit: Kira Vlietstra


Heidi McKenzie, Brickworks No. 4, stoneware, slip, iron oxide photo decal, photo credit: the artist.