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is a diverse artist from Canada, now living in Finland. He was selected
by the Finnish Design Forum for their summer show,
Finn Design Now '02 and recently appeared in Kenneth
Clark's new book The Tile. His current
ceramic work fits in well with the Finnish design aesthetic.
Based on a high professional standard, much of Finnish design reflects
the stark contrasts of the landscape with the use of muted colors
and natural materials.
Wornell worked mainly in porcelain
between 1976 - 1986 and with terracotta
between 1986 - 1996. Raku
works and tile
design compliment these two areas.
porcelain works are mostly of a functional nature and range from
glazed vase to a copper
red bowl. The more recent terracotta works show more of
a Nordic influence, displaying an astute combination of loose geometry
and muted color combinations. Of these, 'Rocking
Box' is my favorite.
A slightly more complex geometry is displayed in Wornell's Raku
pieces, while the colors have been reduced to a simple but
effective black and silver combination, giving these works a distinct
character. Wornell's tiles,
made in 1992 for the Japanese Inax Corporation, are also based on
geometric patterns, but with an organic influence. Here the colors
are dominated by blues and oranges. Archipelago,
a wall piece made up of 120 square terracotta tiles, was exhibited
at the artist's 1995 exhibition at the Tammisaari Museum in Finland,
which was supported by the British Council.
Wornell's talents do not stop with his ceramic work. He has been
increasingly looking towards the use of other
techniques to express himself: oil painting, pastels, photography
and digital imaging. His photographs of nordic
landscapes are well composed and worth viewing. As with
all images on this site, you can first check out thumbnails before
deciding on viewing larger files.
Wornell says that he previously worked exclusively in ceramics,
but has diversifed to express his interests, which are "connected
to shelter; dwellings, fortresses, temporary structures and the
way we shield and protect ourselves from, as well as expose and
subject ourselves to, the harsh physical and mental realities of
life; poverty, wealth, aggression and our rapidly changing environment
and the way people adapt, reinvent their habitat and themselves
according to their circumstances."
His latest project is ImageArk.com,
a service providing high quality photographic images to individual
and corporate customers world wide.
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