Claire Strauss's exhibition Masking Death and Life honours the life of the late James Kirby through ceramic sculptural masks. The opening is on May 4th at 7pm, there will be great edible treats and the bar will be open with booze to purchase. Come check out the art, and stay for some instrumental entertainment.

"When I was finishing my degree in psychology at the University of Victoria, I took an art education class with Vicki Anderson. The final project was making a mask. During this time, I was seeing my Father struggle with cancer and the mask was made to put all my thoughts about losing him. He passed away and I celebrated his life with an art show. When my partner and soul mate James Kirby died last year, I continued the mask making.

I am inspired by Nature, psychology and philosophy in exploring my images and narrating the pieces.

My work is made from M-340 clay using a slab technique and glazed at cone 6. I use applications such as gold or copper foil and metallic acrylics for accents". - Claire Strauss

Winter’s Kiss, 2017
Showcased at the Northern Front Studio at the Mask Within Show