Jocelyn Reid

Artist Statement

Life is a process of collection. Our existences are mired in possessions, and material things are eventually cast away as we outgrow them. Plastic, mass-produced children’s toys are particularly abundant in this context. They populate our youthful experiences, sometimes extravagantly, and yet their time in use is fleeting. As reinventions of childhood items, the work I make studies the value that lingers in things we no longer need. Porcelain is an eager material for this rebirth: it is simultaneously pedestrian and extraordinary. Casting in this material allows me to manipulate mundane objects, and to imagine what changes age would have wreaked on their forms. The sculptures I create ask about the value we find in our possessions, acting as ghostly signifiers for what we leave behind.

-- Jocelyn Reid


Jocelyn Reid is an artist from Calgary, Alberta. Reid received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2013, and has since exhibited her work widely. The recipient of multiple grants and awards, Reid was shortlisted for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2019. In the past several years, Reid has participated in residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Banff Centre, and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, and is set to attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in 2021. Reid is the Ceramics Technician at The Alberta University of the Arts, and currently lives and works in Calgary.