ELUSIVE CONTAINMENT

Elusive Containment was created with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. It has been exhibited at the Yukon Art Centre Public Art Gallery in Whitehorse in 2005, the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, BC in 2007, and the Nanaimo Public Art Gallery in 2008. 

Elusive Containment consists of 56 thrown and handbuilt ceramic vessels in consideration of the notion of the vessel as a body, as a place of containment.  The visible and the invisible converse within the vessel form.  

“I am interested only in what remains after the pot has been broken”  (MC Richards, Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person)

“Dickie’s work is about containment, about the space inside. By making it difficult for us to see that space through the small openings in the vessels, Dickie excites our curiosity about that space, the nothingness within. Her material and its shaping serve that space with humility. They point at something beyond, or rather within, themselves. These concrete objects contain real abstraction, which we all use daily – the space inside our cup, our house – the space we live in”. (Nicole Bauberger, Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, 2005)