“Flight distance” refers to the distance that animals like to keep between themselves and a threat of danger, and this distance varies with the degree of wildness of the animals. This collaboration between Craft Studio artists-in-residence Janet Macpherson and Jesse Bromm explores this idea through found objects, manufactured environments and slip-cast ceramic multiples. The twelve installations, divided into four sections called Tame, Feral, Sundry and Culled, examine the human propensity for violence and control through the manipulation of animals and the environment.
Macpherson’s porcelain animals have been altered, fragmented, and reassembled, creating aberrations of their original forms. Often they are blindfolded, bandaged and masked simultaneously, exposing the fine line between protection and restraint. Bromm’s mundane and readable found objects and miniatures situated out of context, explore what lies beneath the façade of human civility, bringing to the surface the conflict between internal and external. Each of these elements collide in contrived landscapes to create strange and unsettling worlds.
Jesse Bromm graduated from Sheridan College – Crafts and Design: Glass Program in 2010. Bromm’s work reflects his inner discomfort and perception of the outside world. He creates miniature dioramas of human behaviour that address these concerns. Figures are tangible and relatable, but the found objects are hidden; mediated by the glass’s quality to distort. The glass becomes a metaphor for our altered perception of reality. Bromm has exhibited across Canada and in the United States. He was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s artist-in-residency programme and awarded a scholarship in 2011.
Janet Macpherson earned her Bachelor degree in philosophy from York University, and studied ceramics at Sheridan College. In 2010, she received her MFA in ceramics from The Ohio State University. She has exhibited her mold made slip-cast work in Canada, and extensively in the United States. Recently she has been nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award. Macpherson is an artist-in-residence in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre, and is currently taking a three-month leave to work as an artist-in-residence/faculty member for the fall semester at Sheridan College Institute in the ceramics department.