Canadiana: Portage P. Roch Smith
- Steel and Bronze
- 90 × 55.5 × 8 inches
228.6 × 141 × 20.3 cm
A bronze cast figurine of a man carrying a canoe walks towards the end of a tilted red steel plank. The whole is balanced on a black steel upright pipe. Play and playfulness are at the heart of this work that asks viewers to complete the open ended narrative. Roch received a BFA (Honours Sculpture) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD - 1997) and an MFA from York University (2003). A teacher as well as an artist, he has taught classes at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD and York University. He currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University. Roch has exhibited throughout Canada and in the US and his work is included in private, corporate and museum collections in British Columbia, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.