Workshop for Studio Art Students, led by Visiting Artist Jordi Alfaro
Thursday, February 13, 2014 – 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Jordi Alfaro was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1956. He was introduced to ceramics as a child by his father who invented and produced machinery for brick factories in Europe and South America. He is primarily self-taught, having acquired his skills through apprenticeships and work with various artists. Jordi owned and operated a ceramics studio in Barcelona as an exhibition space and for international visiting artists. Jordi has lived and worked in North America since 2001. In addition to his studio work, his art practice includes collaboration in public artworks and various international projects in Cairo, London, and Spain. He has also been an invited artist and guest lecturer throughout North America and Spain. His pieces are currently in several galleries in Canada, as well as in numerous private collections throughout Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe. His latest outdoor, large scale work, “The Meeting”, is a part of the President’s Collection at the University of Regina where he has been the visiting artist in residence for the last two years.
Growing up in Barcelona, I was surrounded by a landscape that included the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean, and the architecture of Gaudi. My father, an inventor of machines, indirectly introduced me to ceramics through his business with various brick factories in Europe and South America. I became enamored with the responsive quality of clay; I have been a sculptor as long as I can remember. I am inspired by the instinct that precedes our need to explain and communicate through language, music, science, mathematics, and so on. I see these energies in forms and colours related to the subconscious, elemental powers, and basic chemical reactions. I create my pieces with respect, innocence, and intrigue about things I barely understand: the soul, love, truth, nature, individuality, spirit. I am very aware of the relationship among the materials I use (ceramic and bronze), their transformations and roles in nature, and how my works are part of that story. The simple lines and shapes of my pieces ground me. I hope that the observer may appreciate and feel without words the powerful tranquility that creating the work brings me.