Halifax goes Nocturnal

October 2, 2008

By Mike Landry
Heather Keeling's ceramic deer inspired by Tang dynasty horses.

Heather Keeling's ceramic deer inspired by Tang dynasty horses.

In the small town of Deep River, Ontario bears are a common nuisance. Every fall they wander in town and can be spotted in trees and in school playgrounds. For most residents the bears are a dangerous inconvenience, but for Halifax-based sculptor Heather Keeling they were an inspiration.

“Like many Canadian I guess I’ve had a lot of personal experiences with animals—especially bears and deer. They’ve crept up into my life many times before,” says Keeling. “Those moments when you do come in contact with wildlife are special, and they’ve caused me to pursue wildlife images.”

For her coming exhibition at Halifax’s Seeds Gallery, Keeling will be showcasing her ceramic nocturnal animals. The works were created during a year-long residency in Lunenburg.

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