Basketballs, beeswax and pine resin, crystal, glass, and metallic seed beads, mother of pearl, lazy susans, glass cloches, Canadian maple platters.
This work venerates the sacred bonds we hold with our spinning planetary habitat. A sphere is a whole entity and its circumference draws a boundary that references continuum.
Seeded one bead at a time, basketballs are transformed into beguiling artifacts. The echo of the ball is retained in shape but it has undergone a transmutation in patterning to explore the tensions held in paradox.
This series emerged during the global pandemic while concentric waves of multiple crises revealed themselves. The viewer is invited to circumambulate, orbit and contemplate by slowly spinning the orbs.
Marina Dempster is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and professional photographer. Her sculptural fibre art has been exhibited internationally in a over a dozen art museums including the Cheoungju International Biennale, representing some of the best of Canadian Craft, while her commercial and portrait/documentary photography work has seen her win awards, including a Juno.