Ice Ridge No 3 Cheryl Wilson Smith
- 14 × 7 × 3 inches
35.56 × 17.78 × 7.62 cm
Wafers of cool white glass frit are sacked in squares and formed into a dynamic crescent. The piece evokes fragility through its material and yet strength in its subject of moving ice. Wilson-Smith has lived in northern Ontario for many years “on the granite and gold of the Canadian Shield and surrounded by Boreal Forest”. Her glass works reflect the fragility and strength of the natural world. She was the 2014 winner of the RBC Award for Glass through the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery that published a description of her work: “Wilson-Smith’s delicate and complex kiln-cast works are inspired by the Boreal Forest and rock shores of Red Lake where she lives. Created by translating drawings into countless individual layers of glass frit, her sculptures push the limits of glass while interpreting the northern Ontario light, landscape and wilderness.” Wilson-Smith has received nine grants from the Ontario Arts Council and one from the Canada Council. Commissions include the Red Lake District Heritage Centre, Margaret Cochenor Memorial Hospital Donor wall. Her work has been exhibited widely across Canada, in the UK and the US.