Kelly Yorke is an emerging ceramic artist from Surrey, British Columbia. Although Yorke started off her studies with the intention of majoring in Business however, chose to switch her program after taking a few art classes throughout her studies. Yorke is currently in her third year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Throughout her studies, Yorke’s work has explored the social, political, and personal, with a focus on emotional, sexual, and physical health.
As an emerging ceramic artist, I have been exploring the ways in which I can exploit the variables of surface, forms, and scale to investigate a particular experience. Through my conceptual artistic expression, I engage in the uncertainties, sensualities, and intimacies of life which often tease the boundaries between awkward and sophisticated. Working with clay is inherently physical, through all steps of the process – making, pouring, decorating, firing, as well as the installation; because I create my work through the hand building and mold making process, I can create large scale bodies of work that encourages conversation with the viewers.
Student Award Recipient 2022