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Regina as Marienbad: memory + resemblance (father + daughter)
clay, Minoan pottery Kameres Ware, Sevres Ware, Porcelain,vessel, memories, woman artist, craft,cinema,history, resemblance, Regina,family connections,Louis IV, fragility,ceramics, nostalgia, travel, shape, cup,Xerox imagery,place, self-portrait,
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In Regina as Marienbad: memory resemblance (father daughter) Mah created fourteen like-shaped vessels and presented them on an elegant shelf. On one side of each vessel Mah includes photographic images of either herself or her father. On the opposite side are photographic images of architecture that only exist in photographs and memories. The backsides of the vessels are reflected in the mirror. While viewing the work, the viewer is also reflected in the mirror and becomes part of the work. Mah has incorporated ideas of self, family and place with ideas of memory in this finely crafted work.

In the title of the work, she refers to a movie called Last Year at Marienbad. Mah's love of the cinema is revealed as she ponders how this movie investigates memory and she applies these ideas to her own work. The photographs contain memories of Mah and her father and are reminders of her past. There is an uncanny resemblance between father and daughter. This work was included in the exhibition That’s my Wonderful Town organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery, curated by Timothy Long in 2004. The corner store of Mah's youth, on the corner of Victoria Avenue and McIntyre Street, is just a memory depicted in the photographs. It was replaced by the Regina City Hall complex.

start quoteI love cinema, so in a way it, cinema, helps me to structure work.end quote-- Jeannie Mah

Of prime concern in Mah’s  ceramicPottery or hollow clay sculpture fired at high temperatures in a kiln or oven to make them harder and stronger. Types include earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terra cotta. (Artlex.com)  work is the vessel. She has spent many years researching and crafting the “perfect shape“. In her many travels, she has seen and admired some extraordinary works which have influenced her practice. One example is Kamares ware cups from Crete and another is Sevres ware teacups from France. Sevres ware was designed for and used by Louis XIV. The delicacy,  shapeAn element of art, it is an enclosed space defined and determined by other art elements such as line, colour, value, and texture. In painting and drawing, shapes may take on the appearance of a solid three-dimensional object even though they are limited to two dimensions — length and width. This two-dimensional character of shape distinguishes it from form, which has depth as well as length and width. Examples of shapes include: circle, oval, and oblong; polygons such as triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezium, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon, etc.; and such other kinds of shapes as amorphous, biomorphous, and concretion. (Artlex.com)  and the decoration of these artistic influences are apparent in Mah’s vessels. Her works are incredibly fragile and are more decorative than practical.

Mah attended the University of Regina and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Education degree and again in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1979 she received an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics from the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in Vancouver.

additional resources Artists Who Have Influenced Her
Duration: 2:11 min
Size: 9849kb
Identity, Place and Assimilation
Duration: 3:07 min
Size: 13910kb
On Becoming an Artist
Duration: 1:44 min
Size: 7536kb
Regina as Marienbad: Memory + Resemblance
Duration: 3:08 min
Size: 13754kb
The Fragility of Her Work
Duration: 3:19 min
Size: 14532kb
Things to Think About
Studio Activity

Cups

For the past 20 years, Mah has researched cups and their various forms. She has looked at cups from a variety of regions and learned about their historical developments.

Look at examples of pottery from around the world and try to incorporate some of these styles into your own pottery.

Photocopy

In Regina as Marienbad: memory resemblance (father daughter), Mah transferred images to her  clayMud; moist, sticky dirt. In ceramics, clay is the basic material, usually referring to any of a certain variety of mixtures of such ingredients — fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet, brittle when dry, and very hard when heated. There is a temperature with ceramic clays at which their particles fuse (vitrification), and this is most commonly controlled by heating (firing) them in a kiln. The most common types of ceramic clays are earthenware (terra cotta when fired, terra cruda when not), stonewares, and porcelain. (Artlex.com)  vessels with the use of photocopied prints.

  • Use a photocopied print as part of your image production.

Delicacy

  • Explore the ideas of delicate and fragile.
  • Conversely, explore the ideas of power and strength in an artwork.
References

Mah, Jeannie.  Artist Statement.  MacKenzie Art Gallery.  Retrieved from the Internet on August 18, 2008 from:  http://www.mackenzieartgallery.ca/siteimages/programs_events/2007_art_auction/Jeannie_Mah.pdf

Westra, Monique.  ‘Jeannie Mah and Greg Payce.’  Artichoke, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2001.

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