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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: AGGV Website 3D Rendering (Frog Teapot)
Maker: Susan Shantz
Year: 2011
Country: Canadian
Materials: paper on gatorboard
Measurements: overall: 167 cm x 112 cm x 13 cm
ID Number: PC2013.3

Extended Label Info: This image is a digitally-produced paper copy of a ceramic teapot with frogs on it, rendered from an image of an early 20th century Japanese Banko Ware teapot in the collection of Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV). The artist Susan Shantz, began this process by selecting images from an online archive. Then she used three-dimensional modeling software and a robotic “haptic” tool to simulate the process of sculpting clay, and recreated this teapot digitally, in both a three-dimensional paper image (pictured here) and as three-dimensional plastic object produced by a 3D printer. This artwork and the 3D printed teapot were displayed in the exhibition at Dunlop Art Gallery entitled, Creatures in Translation (2012). Susan Shantz is very interested in the way aspects of a culture are interpreted and replicated over time. The original version of this teapot was produced by the Banko factory, which used mould methods and skilled artisans to make copies of earlier hand-made teapots by Master Banko artists, who were initially inspired by historical Chinese works in red and green porcelain from the Ming dynasty. By using contemporary technologies, Shantz adds another layer of interpretation to the history and reproduction of this teapot. Susan Shantz (1957- ) is an artist and Professor in Sculpture and Extended Media at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Born in Ontario, she earned her BA at Goshen College, Indiana, USA; MA in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario; and MFA degree in Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Studies from York University in Toronto. Though Shantz often produces object-based materials, her work is more concerned with the exploration of process, materials, and ideas than formal structures. Shantz has worked with a variety of sculptural media, including twigs, ash, found objects, tomato paste, and 3D printed thermoplastic prints. Her work is in held in national public collections.