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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: Green Carnation with Rose Stem, for Oscar Wilde (from Wildflower Series)
Maker: Zachari Logan
Year: 2019
Materials: vitrified ceramic, hand painted (acrylic)
Measurements: 8 x 4 x 3"
ID Number: PC2019.2

Extended Label Info: Zachari Logan works in large-scale drawings, ceramics and installation artwork. His research explores the intersections between masculinity, identity, memory and place. This delicate sculpture of a green carnation with the stem of a rose is part of his Wildflower Series, which is inspired by the 18th Century botanical paper collages by British artist Mary Delany. Logan’s drawings and sculptures are also very life-like, almost photorealistic. However, Logan often mixes plant, animal and human parts in seamless and often natural looking compositions to create assemblages that are both queer and natural. This is a strategy that Logan uses to emphasize that humans are part of nature, and that within nature both form and sexuality occur as a spectrum. This sculpture was part of a commission in 2019 for the exhibition “Off Centre: Queer Art on the Prairies”, and is dedicated to the openly gay 19th Century British playwright, Oscar Wilde, who often wore a green carnation to signify his homosexuality. Logan built this sculpture in clay. After firing the work in a kiln, he painted the exterior with acrylic paints. Zachari Logan ( 1980 - ) Born in Saskatoon, Zachari Logan earned his BFA(2006) and MFA(2008) at the University of Saskatchewan. Logan works in drawing, ceramics and installation practices, and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Ross Bleckner, and Sophie Calle. Though currently based in Regina, artist residencies form an important part of Logan’s practice, and he has been awarded several prestigious international residencies in Vienna, New York, Tennessee, and with the McMichael collection in Ontario. In 2014, Logan was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Emerging Artist; and in 2015, the Alumni of Influence Award from the University of Saskatchewan. Logan’s artwork has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous private and public collections.