Part of NAC’s Homecoming Series
NAC is pleased to welcome Sean Whalley back to St. Catharines as part of NAC’s ongoing Homecoming Series. Our series of Homecoming exhibits, now over 15 years on, demonstrates that while there may only be a handful of visual artists with flourishing careers living in Niagara, many paths to success began here.
Sean Whalley teaches Sculpture in the University of Regina’s, Visual Arts Department. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario and moved to Regina in 1997. Sean utilizes discarded / recycled materials for the bulk of his work in an attempt to realize a sustainable practice. His interest in maintaining a sculpture practice with a low ecological footprint is related to his concern for the environmental impacts that occur with increased human consumption and the continual expansion of our suburban settlements deeper into wilderness territories.
Sean often describes his sculptural practice as one that draws its materials from urban forests, or more precisely, torn out basements for renovations, raised garages, construction detritus and discarded shipping pallets. The hundreds of handmade spoons were made from the wood of used palettes gathered from shipping companies, referencing our dependence on transported goods, consumption and waste.