“Matte, Satin, Gloss” by Kate Grey

Matte, Satin, Gloss is a collection of familiar household objects made by emerging ceramic artist Kate Grey. Grey’s work often examines the relationship between how we view objects, primarily household objects, and women. The objects in this exhibition,  including ceramic books with various made-up titles, are organized by their surface quality, optical lens and natural elements. Matte, Satin, Gloss is in the Corridor Gallery April 4 – 30.

Of her inspiration, Grey states:
The inspiration for this work comes from the types of finishes on paintings and women’s lipstick. This work uses surface and objects as a way to describe different personalities of women and their everyday dilemmas. In many industries and professions there is a lack of feminine representation and, of course, wage gaps. This is also something that is absolutely embedded in the arts community because roughly only 30% of artists in galleries are women. Comedian Iliza Shlesinger describes lipstick as “war paint” and this comparison made me consider feminine art also as war paint. For every artist that identifies as feminine that exhibits their artwork in a gallery setting, is slowly paving bricks for others as many have done for myself and my peers.

Kate Grey is a Canadian ceramic artist born in North Vancouver, BC, raised in Calgary, AB and who now lives in Halifax, NS. Grey began her ceramic degree at ACAD University before moving to Nova Scotia in 2013. She earned her BFA in Ceramics at NSCAD University in the spring of 2016 along with a minor in Art History. In June 2017, Grey completed the 10 month VANS Mentorship Program and was mentee to Andrea Dorfman. She then began the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) Media Arts Scholarship program the following September. Her mentor for the CFAT scholarship was Susan Tooke and in this mentorship she learned digital media skills for her contemporary ceramic practice. Grey has exhibited works at the Mary E. Black Gallery, CFAT, The Craig Gallery and the Anna Leonowens Gallery. She prefers dogs over cats and Boxing Day walks on the beach.


Located inside the Visual Arts Nova Scotia office at the Halifax Seaport since 2000, the Corridor Gallery is complimented by a historical legacy of Nova Scotia culture, simple yet modern architectural elements and an array of current cultural activity in the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia office. The Corridor Gallery is located at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia and is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5pm.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia advances the visual arts through leadership, education, and communication.

High resolution image for press available via Dropbox.
For more of Kate Grey’s work please visit her:
Website: katherinegrey.com
Instagram: kategreystudio

For further information regarding the exhibition please contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
902.423.4694 | 1.866.225.8267 | f: 902.422.0881
vans@visualarts.ns.ca | www.visualarts.ns.ca

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