I am a Calgary artist seeking to be involved in artmaking that

connects people.  I look for opportunities to facilitate an

interaction of some sort.  The interactions with self, others,

time and place, and ideas give us the opportunity to become

aware of the connecting stories that are present.  We all have a

story to tell and every story has many versions.  By inviting people

to share part of their story, I hope we all gain a bit more

understanding of each other and where our stories intersect.


The materials I choose have also come to represent a part of the

conversation.  Sometimes the material choice comes from my own

exploration and sometimes it comes from the situation at hand or

the ideas from others involved.  As I work with materials and tools

I develop more of an understanding of the potential and limitations

of the medium and the processes I am trying to use.  I love learning

about, and pushing my understanding of, materials in a variety of

contexts.  The art store, a green space, the lumber yard or the back

alley on garbage day may be sources of inspiration and materials.  All these factors help me see and think in different ways.


“Put another way, the tools you work with influence what you are likely to think about.  Measuring tools lead to quantification; the tools used in the arts lead to qualification.”

 Elliot W Eisner

I believe that categories such as high/low, art/craft, professional/amateur, product/process need to be challenged so that EVERYONE is able to engage in artmaking and the development of their creative abilities.  Whether working with young school children, neighbours in my community or peers at the clay studio I try to value, learn and interact on multiple levels.  It doesn’t always work but I keep showing up!


“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.  Sing in the shower.  Dance to the radio.  Tell stories.  Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.  Do it as well as you possibly can.  You will get an enormous reward.  You will have created something.”

 Kurt Vonnegut


 So let’s get to it.  Let me know what you think!





© 2020 Sharon Fortowsky