ground work

Margo Sorbara

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exhibited on the Far East side of the second floor in the sculpture gallery.

Navigating place through clay scavenged from construction sites on the false creek flats.

ground work is a clay project in which I am continuing to build an intentional and ongoing relationship with the ground, and the land around me – understanding the complexities of power on this land. Scavenging clay from construction sites on the false creek flats has revealed histories ingrained in the layers of clay, rock and silt. The project is not a ceramic product, but a process of entering into and nurturing a relationship with the ground, the resulting objects are representations of that process. ground work serves both to understand the land we are actually on, and pose possibility for our relationship with the ground in the future. 

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Margo Sorbara

Margo Sorbara is a transgender scavenger and maker currently living on the stolen territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ people. She is exploring craft in the age of apocalypses. Her practice is focused around repair, community, queerness, and survival. Incorporating earth & clay, textiles, and found objects. She is interested in the circularity of materials and artifacts, and ways of living together outside of capitalist systems through ways of sharing.  Her clay work and research is tied closely to place. Using foraged clay gleaned from excavation and construction sites in the false creek flats – the historical site of Skwácháýs.