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Laura Wee Lay Laq

Laura Wee Lay Laq had an exhibition at the Grunt Gallery on February 10 - 28, 1998. The flyer reads: This performance and installation by the Salish ceramist is based on the historical forced burning of religious artifacts as a sign of First Nations' conversion to Christianity. "I decided to look to my ancestors' journey through time and evidence kept pointing me towards these events. I in no way intend my project to be sacrilegious and I have placed no political regard toward this initiative and hope others can see beyond that as well. The public burning is intended as a healing ritual. "Filmmaker David Rimmer will work with the artist on the video elements. Opening Tuesday, February 10th at 8 pm.


  • 1979-81 Studied with Tony Hunt, Northwest Coast Design and Carving. Victoria, British Columbia.

  • 1973-77 Vancouver School of Arts, Graduated with Honors in Ceramics.

  • 1970-73 Douglas College, Majoring in Fine Arts.

Artist's Statement:

JUST AS I TAKE BACK FROM THE EARTH, SO MUST I GIVE BACK I am fortunate to have both time and space to enable me in discovering a channel of communication which allows an otherwise intangible part of my being to be touched. Working with clay transforms and visualizes in three dimensional form, expressions ordinarily buried deep within. I have heard it said that Art can be an expression of hopes and fears. For me clay not only allows me to express my hopes and fears but also gives me an opportunity to feel at one with nature. 'No Mind' is a common Buddhist expression which helps to describe the feeling that I attain while working with clay. Clay gives me a sense of harmony and peace. For working with clay stops my internal dialogue. To take earth, give it personal expression, smooth it with a stone, give it to the fire, changing it from earth to stone, then embedding the clay into the dust of trees and making it vulnerable to the natural elements, completes a cycle, a cycle in which I am proud to play a part. Laura is currently teaching Foundation Ceramics at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. She has taught at the Kamehameha School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has also given lectures at the Bishop Museum and Planetarium in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as at the Simon University in Burnaby, BC. She has also given lectures and workshops in Oaklahoma, Japan, and Australia.

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