Object and Complement

The creative process…..

Art objects are created when we respond to a place, time or situation or they develop as we explore media that are physical, digital or audible. Objects can elicit feelings about the self, others, a place, a time or a situation.

Complements are attributes of a person, object or place i.e. they can be descriptive, represent moods or feelings, or indicate location.

There is a relationship between language and the creative process

  • Objects follow transitive verbs – create, paint, render, record, model, design, print, throw, draw, sculpt, see, view, admire, hear, listen
    • An object can be a noun, or pronoun – image, painting, print, sculpture, pot, recording, sound, it, me, him, her, you, us, them
  • Complements follow linking verbs – be (am, is, are), feel, become, look, seem, sound etc.
    • A complement can be an adjective (happy, sad, beautiful, ugly), a noun (child, sister, brother, mother, father, teacher, artist, doctor, advocate, writer), or a place (home, work, Canada, Asia)

“Every language has a way of talking about seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. In about a quarter of the world’s languages, grammatical evidentials express means of perception…. In some languages verbs of vision subsume cognitive meanings… In others, cognition is associated with a verb of auditory perception, touch, or smell…’Vision’ is not the universally preferred means of perception. In numerous cultures, taboos are associated with forbidden visual experience. Vision may be considered intrusive and aggressive, and linked with power. In contrast, ‘hearing’ and ‘listening’ are the main avenues for learning, understanding and ‘knowing’.”1

Susan Birdwise

Susan first graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor Degree in Science. She was a Computer Systems Analyst and Programmer before staying home to raise her family. During that time, Susan pursued her interest in painting and became a student of Nik Bjelajac at The Forum Art Institute. When her children were older, Susan returned to the University of Manitoba and obtained a Fine Arts degree and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Currently, Susan maintains a studio in the Exchange District and teaches English to Newcomers to Canada.

Susan works in encaustic, oil, and acrylics. Her work reflects her interest in language, systems, process and sense of place.

Link Phillips

Born on the west coast, Link Phillips grew up in Saskatoon, moved to Winnipeg and lived as far east as Parker’s Cove on the Fundy coast of Nova Scotia before Winnipeg drew him back.

He worked in the television industry for many years, co-owned a bookstore for many more and now devotes his time to making art and working with the written word. His body of work includes photography, graphic art, sculpture, found object assemblage, book design and an extensive study of James Joyce’s masterpiece, Finnegans Wake.

Phillips is a self-taught artist whose work incorporates a life-long love of geometry, a fascination with the human condition and the patterns, actual, imaginary and invisible, that ceaselessly flow through all human perception.

Nora Kobrinsky

Nora Kobrinsky worked as a family doctor for many years before earning her BFA honours at the University of Manitoba in 2008.

Her art practice includes oil painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation. Some of her work is an exuberant exploration of the visual richness of the natural world, some a more serious consideration of the social, psychological and political aspects of human experience.

Kobrinsky’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Manitoba and in local and international print exchanges. She lives in Winnipeg where she maintains a studio in the Exchange District.

Marim Daien Zipursky

Marim‘s true passion is art and design. This passion motivated her to obtain a BFA Honours degree in Art History at the University of Manitoba. She has been an advocate for the arts, as a curator of exhibitions and an administrator of cultural programs, and now as a creator using clay as her medium.

Her fascination with clay began at a young age and her commitment strengthened through participation in local art classes and workshops. Feeling inspired and encouraged by these experiences, Marim returned to the University immersing herself in the Ceramics Department community for four years. She has maintained her own studio in Winnipeg ever since, exhibiting and selling her work.

Marim is best known for her sawdust fired vessel forms and continues to refine this alternative firing process. Currently, she is experimenting with the assemblage of small vessels or objects, using words and languages that reflect her colliding worlds.

1 Alexandra Y Aikhenvald and Anne Storch, “Perception and Cognition in Language and Culture”, 1.