Joe Fafard - Valadon Potter and Teevo

When I started working on the Valadon my challenge at that point was I had recently opened a foundry in Pense. Up to that point I had been working in clay and I couldn’t do anything quite large. But when I got the commission to do the cows in Toronto I was able to work large. So then after I had that experience in working large in bronze at another foundry, I thought, I’ll open my own foundry. Once I had the facilities and I knew how they worked I didn’t want to do a big life-sized piece again, but I wanted to do something that would be substantial. So I did that standing-up cow named Valadon out of plaster and armature and we cast that piece in Pense in one pour. After that I thought that I would like to do a lying down piece, but I would do a big bull and try to explore the really fatty muscular creature that one of these big bulls are. And it was at that point that Claire Kramer called me up and said she wanted to do something for the MacKenzie and did I have any ideas. So she came over to the studio and I proposed the one I was working on as well as the one I had finished, which was Valadon. And she went for it, and Teevo was a subsequent piece that Claire had in mind because she wanted the kids to contribute something to the whole project. And throughout the schools of Regina, kids were canvassed to contribute some money to do the Teevo. Through that she felt that it would give them ownership of the pieces and reduce the risk of vandalism or abuse or just raise the appreciation of art in general which she managed very well and so did the MacKenzie. And I think when one was vandalized the outrage that was expressed by a lot of people in the city probably payed tribute to that effort that Claire Kramer had made to create ownership in the piece by having the children participate in raising funds for it.

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