EARTHLINGS

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THROUGH MAY 7 A play­ful bust with a snake’s body coiled around a woman with a cig­a­rette dan­gling from her lips; a stun­ning sculp­ture of a man hold­ing a bird, with many faces carved into his body; th­ese are just two of the sculp­tures that com­prise Earthlings, which fea­tures solo and col­lab­o­ra­tive pieces by seven Cana­dian artists work­ing in con­tem­po­rary ceram­ics and works on pa­per. Cu­ra­tor Shauna Thomp­son says the goal was to high­light north­ern Inuit art that wasn’t as well known in the south of Canada. “From what I’ve been hear­ing from the pub­lic, they’re re­ally blown away by see­ing things that maybe they haven’t seen be­fore," Thomp­son says. “I think that’s a huge thing peo­ple are re­spond­ing to when they come in. There’s so much de­tail and nar­ra­tive." Thomp­son says the ti­tle Earthlings refers not only to the idea of ceram­ics and work­ing with the earth to make art, but also to the the­matic im­agery hap­pen­ing in the work: some­thing alien but familiar with pieces in­spired by his­tory, pol­i­tics, and per­sonal events. 1011 - 9 Ave SE, 403-930-2490, es­ker­foun­da­tion.com

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