Anita Rocamora

About the Artist

Anita Rocamora came to Canada in the early 1970’s from Beziers, France settling in Regina in 1975. She was waitressing at a local establishment and hoping to meet other French-speaking people within the community. One of her early contacts was Jack Sures, who invited her to his  clayMud; moist, sticky dirt. In ceramics, clay is the basic material, usually referring to any of a certain variety of mixtures of such ingredients — fine-grained, firm earthy material that is plastic when wet, brittle when dry, and very hard when heated. There is a temperature with ceramic clays at which their particles fuse (vitrification), and this is most commonly controlled by heating (firing) them in a kiln. The most common types of ceramic clays are earthenware (terra cotta when fired, terra cruda when not), stonewares, and porcelain. (Artlex.com)  studio. She started hanging around the studio, taking classes and meeting fellow artists. Before long she realized she would have a life-long relationship with this  tactileOf or relating to the sense of touch. (artlex.com)  sculptural medium.

From 1976 to 1980 Rocamora worked with Charley Farrero, Robert Oeuvrard, and Mel Bolen to develop North Star Pottery in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. In 1986 she relocated to Meacham, Saskatchewan and built her home and studio there.

Rocamora’s works are made from porcelain, stoneware and earthenware. Her surfaces are meticulously rendered with smooth skin-like surfaces. To this she may apply texture, incised  patternRepeating lines, colours or shapes within a design.  and sometimes vibrant unexpected  glazeA term used in ceramics to describe a thin coating of minerals which produces a glassy transparent or colored coating on bisque ware. Typically applied either by brushing, dipping, or spraying, it is fixed by firing the bisque ware in a kiln. This makes the surface smooth, shiny, and waterproof. Also, a glaze can be a thin, translucent or transparent coat over a painting, sometimes meant simply to protect the paint underneath, but more often to add a veil of colouration to an area of a picture. (artlex.com)   colourProduced by light of various wavelengths, and when light strikes an object and reflects back to the eyes. Colour is an element of art with three properties: (1) hue or tint, the colour name, e.g., red, yellow, blue, etc.: (2) intensity, the purity and strength of a colour, e.g., bright red or dull red; and (3) value, the lightness or darkness of a colour. When the spectrum is organized as a color wheel, the colours are divided into groups called primary, secondary and intermediate (or tertiary) colours; analogous and complementary, and also as warm and cool colours. Colours can be objectively described as saturated, clear, cool, warm, deep, subdued, grayed, tawny, mat, glossy, monochrome, multicolored, particolored, variegated, or polychromed. Some words used to describe colours are more subjective (subject to personal opinion or taste), such as: exciting, sweet, saccharine, brash, garish, ugly, beautiful, cute, fashionable, pretty, and sublime. Sometimes people speak of colours when they are actually refering to pigments, what they are made of (various natural or synthetic substances), their relative permanence, etc. (Artlex.com)  combinations. The charm and technical excellence of her work are praised by  collectorTo collect is to accumulate objects. A collection is an accumulation of objects. A collector is a person who makes a collection. (Artlex.com)  Richard Spafford when he confides,” Anita has kept me poor for years.”

Rocamora definitely goes beyond ideas associated with production pottery in her work. Each delicate hand-built piece is unique, and even though it may be based on the  formIn its widest sense, total structure; a synthesis of all the visible aspects of that structure and of the manner in which they are united to create its distinctive character. The form of a work is what enables us to perceive it. Form also refers to an element of art that is three-dimensional (height, width, and depth) and encloses volume. For example, a triangle, which is two-dimensional, is a shape, but a pyramid, which is three-dimensional, is a form. Cubes, spheres, ovoids, pyramids, cone, and cylinders are examples of various forms. Also, all of the elements of a work of art independent of their meaning. Formal elements are primary features which are not a matter of semantic significance — including colour, dimensions, line, mass, medium, scale, shape, space, texture, value; and the principles of design under which they are placed — including balance, contrast, dominance, harmony, movement, proportion, proximity, rhythm, similarity, unity, and variety. (Artlex.com)  of a stationary root vegetable or a sea sponge it will have strength, elegance and often a sense of movement present in the design. Rocamora states, “I like to make, with this material, objects that facilitate joy, awareness, whimsy, and a sense of connection to the earth.” (Rocamora, 2004)

Rocamora is interested in stories and poetry, people she meets, places she encounters, nature and all of its intricacies and mysteries…life in general.

“My work can be figurative, lyrical,  symbolicAn image that stands for something else to convey meaning and information in an art work.  and humorous” she says. “I like working with clay because of its tactile quality, its endless capacity for transformation, and the long acquaintance of clay and human hands.” (Rocamora, artist statement, Saskterra 2007)


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