Stand is an exploration of visual narrative created through dynamics of scale, mark-making, and the contextual environment.
Samantha Dickie’s massive columnar sculptures are imprinted with marks and colour that hint at seaside transformations, charred remains of a forest fire, or ancient marks gouged into wood or stone. Samantha’s explorations move from the micro to the macro – from a single stone and its textural markings to the grandeur of mountains and rivers. Tranquility and the forces of nature live together on Samantha’s ceramic columns, a textural, rhythmic feast for the eye… [Stand] is an exploration of organic forms that leans towards abstraction; a place where the viewer recognizes aspects of his or her own self.
Liz Carter, Curator, Campbell River Public Art Gallery, 2005
Stand continues the Imprint installation into a new exploration of scale. Ten large towers, ranging from 2 to 7 feet tall, were handbuilt, carved, and smoke fired. This work was created with a grant from the Alberta Arts Council in 2004, in artist residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) in Dawson City, Yukon in 2004. Stand has been exhibited at the Odd Gallery in Dawson City in 2004; Harcourt House Front Room Gallery in Edmonton in 2005; and at the Campbell River Public Art Gallery in 2005. Following public gallery tour, the towers were installed in the Yukon winter landscape for a photo project in conjunction with Studio Two-O-Four Collective.
15 years after this work was first made, Louis Vuitton commissioned 2 new sculptures from the Stand series for a new store in Boston, MA. The work was installed for permanent display in January 2019.