Saskatoon art exhibit shows love for 'outcast' animals
Ceramic works feature skunks, mice and seagulls
A new show at the Saskatchewan Craft Council casts a different light on many familiar, and often unwelcome, urban animals.
Scavengers and Outcasts features the work of Nova Scotia based Lucky Rabbit Pottery, a team comprised of ceramic artists Debra Kuzyk and Ray Mackie, originally from Saskatchewan.
"We have chosen to put on top of our pedestals the least welcome animals that sort of crossover into the human habitat like skunks, raccoons, gophers, mice, rats and seagulls," Kuzyk said.
The jars, Kuzyk said, are inspired by a historic form where containers are topped with more traditionally "triumphant" creatures such as eagles or lions.
But Kuzyk feels the animals you might catch rifling through your garbage deserve some credit too.
"Scavenger animals that can cohabitate with humans are very intelligent and resourceful," Kuzyk said.
"They have a lot of the same attributes that humans have, which we admire in ourselves and we dislike in them."
Scavengers and Outcasts runs in Saskatoon in the Saskatchewan Craft Council's Affinity Gallery through July 9.