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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: French Pantry Shelf
Maker: Vic Cicansky
Year: 1981
Country: Canadian
Materials: wood, paint, low-fire clay, glaze
Measurements: overall: 182.5 cm x 102.3 cm x 30.6 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.7
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Vic Cicansky, a child of eastern European Immigrants, grew up in the Heritage district of Regina, referred to as "garlic flats" or "Germantown” in the 1930s for the immigrant families who lived there. Like many Prairie people at that time, Cicansky’s parents grew their own vegetables, and canned their food to eat in the winter. This sculpture of a pantry shelf acts as a portrait of Cicansky’s family through the food they love to eat: corn, potatoes, leeks, cabbage, and pickles. Some jars reflect recipes from Cicansky’s childhood: preserved pig’s feet, canned Saskatoon berries, and pickled eggs. Cicansky often uses humour in his work. For example, the book on composting is growing a new set of plants while the shelf holding “All You need to Know About Insect Pests” has been nibbled on. Victor Cicansky (Czekanski) (1935 - ) is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (B.Ed. 1964), the University of Regina (B.A. 1965) and the University of California at Davis (M.F.A. 1970). Working in clay, bronze, wood and steel, Cicansky was a founding member of the Regina Clay Movement. He taught at the University of Regina, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of California at Davis, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has received many Canada Council grants and awards including the Victoria and Albert Award for Ceramic Sculpture, the California Kingsley Annual Award for Sculpture, and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Regina (2007), Member of the Order of Canada (2009), and Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (2012). His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe, and is collected major public and private collections, including the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the National Gallery of Canada.