Genevieve Dionne studied at both the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a focus on drawing and printmaking. She combines a love of drawing with the versatile materiality of clay to make her uniquely beautiful and witty “ceramic drawings”. Dionne’s work is humorous, politically astute, bitingly satirical and aesthetically pleasing, and all of it is suggestive of storytelling: a skull goes to a spa, a goddess checks her cell phone, beauty myths are busted and tantalizing packages are wrapped with string.
There is, in Dionne’s work, a special sensitivity to the accoutrements – tortures, even – of the historically feminine: high heels, strange beauty rituals, mirrors, manicured hands engaged in all manner of making. Each piece is redolent with layers of meaning, made more pungent by the apparently random objects Dionne has decided to immortalize: a stiletto, a leaf, a hand holding… is that a whip of some sort? We are intrigued, pulled into a story, reminded of the graceful dismemberments of Classical Greek sculpture which carry its own weighty allusions. Her imagery may be contemporary but Dionne allows the long history of ceramics and porcelain to inform her work, and it all comes together in these tactile, delicately-rendered and keenly observed objects.