Project

NAMARA Projects

Shallow End

Kendra Yee's glazed stoneware artwork 'Salt Stained Uggs' displayed at Shallow End exhibition

Kendra Yee, Salt Stained Uggs, 2022, 12″×10″×6″ Glazed Stoneware

May 27 — August 3, 2023
at NAMARA Projects

A Solo Exhibition by Kendra Yee
Curated by Holly Chang

PDF List of Artworks

The exhibition Shallow End explores the alchemy of pottery and how process based approaches to ceramics can create new narratives around so called ‘familial objects’. This solo exhibition highlights the work of Kendra Yee in a site-specific installation that culminates works created over the past five years. The pieces are gathered in the space to invent new narratives, offering moments of reflection on the processes and manipulations of pottery. This ‘familial object’ centers around the activation of clay; clay as a familiar form, a medium we interact with through daily rituals; dinner wear, objects of beauty and building blocks. Centered in the gallery sits a fountain, acting as a mechanism to trace time. Fountains represent life cycles and quiet moments of introspection or contemplation; what does it mean to explore timekeeping, collections, growth, duality and symmetry through clay? This installation culminates the deeply interconnected process of circulating ceramic forms. From its origins as dirt, to the heat of the sun and water, a transformation occurs moving from a motionless body of clay into a vessel. This cycle is paralleled through the centerpiece with moving water and reflections of a Shallow End.

Exhibition Shallow End view
Exhibition Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Kendra Yee's artwork 'Thermal', 2022, Grey Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Thermal, 2022, 13″×18″×6″ Grey Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee's artwork 'Grass Jelly', 2020-21, White Glazed Stoneware with Etched Detailing and Sculpted Reliefs

Kendra Yee, Grass Jelly, 2020-21, 9½″×5½″×5½″ White Glazed Stoneware with Etched Detailing and Sculpted Reliefs

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Kendra Yee, Artist — Biography
kendra.studio/ / Instagram @kendrayee

Kendra Yee (b. 1995, Tkaronto/ Toronto) is an arts practitioner that seeks to materialize the truths and fictions of memory. Yee pulls tales from; personal stories, lived experience and collective narratives to develop site-specific installations that carve alternative archives. Yee has programmed and exhibited with: Patel Brown (Toronto), Heavy Manners (Los Angeles), The Artists Project (Toronto), Juxtapoz (NYC), The Letter Bet (Montreal), Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto). Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Patel Brown (June 22) and The RBC Emerging Artist Residency Program at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Spring 2024).

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects

Kendra Yee, Memory Bank, 2021, 8″×7″×5″ White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Snail, 2022, White Glazed Stoneware and Weed, 2019, Black Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Snail, 2022, 15″×8½″×4″ White Glazed Stoneware. Weed, 2019, 5″×2″×1½″ Black Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Bog detail, 2019, Mixed Glazed Stoneware and Oxides

Kendra Yee, Bog detail, 2019, 17″×6″×6″ Mixed Glazed Stoneware and Oxides

Holly Chang, Curator — Biography
holly-mcclay-chang.com/ / Instagram @holly.m.chang

Holly Chang is an artist and curator based in Tkaronto/Toronto who has recently completed her MA in Communication and Culture at TMU/York University. Chang – as a second-generation Chinese Canadian – maintains cultural ties with her cross-cultural identity and draws on her hybrid background for inspiration. Chang makes use of a variety of media including textiles, photography and natural dyeing. She recently exhibited her work in her first solo show with Gallery 44 in April 2022 and participated in the Banff Artist in Residence program in Spring 2022. This year, Chang was the recipient of the Middlebrook Prize for young Canadian curators and will be curating an exhibition with the Art Gallery of Gueplh this fall.

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Kendra Yee, DETAIL Sitting, 2022, 2″×4″×3″ White Glazed Stoneware. LEFT Toe Tap, 2019, 7″×6″×2″ Glazed Stoneware with Copper Oxides. RIGHT 2 Sleep & 2 Dream, 2022, 9½″×5″×5″ Brown Glazed Stoneware with Porcelain Relief. UPPER LEFT WALL BIG START, 2020, 10″×10″×¼″ Black Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Kiki's Game, 2021, Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, A pit, a core, 2022, 4½″×4½″×¼″ White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Kiki's Game, 2021, Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Ladybug, 2022, 13″×12″×12″ Grey Glazed Stoneware

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects
Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Kendra Yee, My, 2022, Grey Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, My, 2022, 6½″×6″×2″ Grey Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Limecello, 2021, White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Limecello, 2021, 6″×4″×4″ White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Prune, 2019, Black Glazed Stoneware and Oxides, Bartlett, 2021, White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee LEFT Prune, 2019, 8½″×5″×½″ Black Glazed Stoneware and Oxides. RIGHT Bartlett, 2021, 5″×5″×3½″ White Glazed Stoneware.

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects
Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects
Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Kendra Yee, Safely Home Together and Dip, Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee LEFT Safely Home Together, 2022, 5″×4½″×3″ White Glazed Stoneware. RIGHT Dip, 2021, 5″×2″×1½″ White Glazed Stoneware.

Kendra Yee, Fork and Spoon, 2022, White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Fork & Spoon, 2022, (each) 1½″×9″×¼″ White Glazed Stoneware

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects
Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects
Kendra Yee, Kiki's Game, 2021, White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Kiki's Game, 2021, Varying sizes of White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Kiki's Game, 2021, White Glazed Stoneware
Kendra Yee, Pebble to Stone, 2019, Mixed Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Pebble to Stone, 2019, 7″×4″×¼″ Mixed Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Beetle, 2022, White Glazed Stoneware

Kendra Yee, Beetle, 2022, 12½″×12½″×6″ White Glazed Stoneware

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Kendra Yee, Time Flies, 2021, White Glazed Stoneware with stainless steel chain

Kendra Yee, Time Flies, 2021, 4″×1½″×½″ White Glazed Stoneware with stainless steel chain

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects

Kendra Yee, Ant, 2022, Grey Glazed Stoneware with Porcelain Reliefs

Kendra Yee, Ant, 2022, 15″×5;″×5″ Grey Glazed Stoneware with Porcelain Reliefs

Kendra Yee, Shallow End, 2022, White Glazed Stoneware with stainless steel chain

Kendra Yee, Shallow End, 2022, 4½″×4½″×¼″ White Glazed Stoneware with stainless steel chain

Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects
Shallow End Exhibition at Namara Projects

Shallow End at NAMARA Projects