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Adrienne Spier
Artist

Guelph
April 04, 2018

Adrienne Spier is a multidisciplinary artist who works with discarded and unwanted materials. She is concerned with the transformation of mundane objects, such as discarded school desks, wooden flooring, and unwanted domestic furniture. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and in Europe, and she has taken part in numerous residencies in both Ontario and Quebec. She is the recipient of various awards from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Her latest exhibition, Lump, Slump, Sunk, will open on April 7 at Hamilton Artists Inc.

1. Radio Diaires podcast



I am a podcast addict and my latest binge is Radio Diaries. It records riveting first-person accounts of personal stories and histories from a diverse group of people.

2. High school curtains



One of my jobs lands me in various high schools. I am always interested in the furnishings of the buildings, especially leftover decisions that were made long ago. This is a compilation of disintegrating window coverings I found in various classrooms.

3. Culverts



Piles of culverts viewed from a highway are always exciting for me to see. They seem like grand inadvertent public sculptures with so much possibility. Their size, perfect symmetry, and repetitive shapes actually make my heart beat faster. Sorry for the poor photo taken from the highway today; I did not do those beautiful stacks justice.

4. Unwanted objects (Kijiji browsing)



Looking through the Buy & Sell section of Kijiji is a quick way to see weird and interesting objects that people no longer want. Just today I found an ad posting thousands of cages from an abandoned mink farm.

5. The transformative heat of a kiln



A project I am currently working on involves melting beer bottles. I bought one thousand of them from a collector who posted an ad on Kijiji (he needed more space in his garage). Every time I open the warm kiln I am newly amazed by the transformative power of heat to melt glass.

 

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