Impression Formation

Impression Formation
Friday, September 13, 2013, 12:00 pm to Saturday, September 28, 2013, 5:00 pm


Residency: August 13 to September 2, 2013

Opening: September 13, 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition: September 13 to 28

Artist's talk: September 28, 3:30 p.m.


Mysterious pale rectangles appeared on the massive beams, stairs, and floor boards at Open Space, marking the evolving process of Victoria artist Tanya Doody. Her installation Impression Formation featured raw clay imprints of Open Space’s historic (and fatigued) interiors. The resulting tablets, subtle and delicate, exploited clay’s capacity to cast textures, tracks, marks, and inscriptions.


During her residency, Doody became obsessed by the physical after effects of Open Space’s forty-year history. She devoted her residency to compiling clay notations of the building’s scars and wear. Early in her residency, Doody noted, “This architectural space is a living and breathing entity. As Doug Jarvis mentioned, the residency is like a collaboration with the space itself.” Doody titled her project Impression Formation, a term borrowed from social psychology, to reflect the social dimension of ceramics and to examine the complexities, unintentional inscriptions, and other accumulative events that form a patina of place touched by thousands of artists, performers, and audiences.


Tanya Doody intertwines craftivist strategies, performative acts, and poetic gestures. Her production-presentation residency was a creative prelude to her installation, where the actual content and objects were conceived, fabricated, and sited. Doody teaches sessionally at the University of Victoria. Tanya has a Certificate of Fine Crafts (Ceramics) from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and a Diploma from Sheridan College in Crafts and Design (Ceramics). She obtained her BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria before earning an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in Fine and Media Arts.


Saturday, September 14, at 2:00 p.m., Tanya Doody and Governor General Award–winning artist Jan Peacock discussed Doody's project. Both artists work in ways that reassess “in-between” spaces and narratives. At the close of Impression Formation, Doody presented an artist talk on September 28 at 3:30 p.m.


View an interview we conducted with Tanya Doody in anticipation of Impression Formation here.