Paige Sabrina Harris

Paige Sabrina Harris is an accomplished artist and creative force based in Edmonton, Alberta. Originally from Vancouver, she spent her formative years in various small towns across Saskatchewan. In 2013, Paige set her sights on Calgary, driven by an unwavering determination to pursue her artistic aspirations. Art, for her, has always been a refuge – a realm of poetry, pottery, sculpture, painting and music that provides solace and purpose.

In 2017, she proudly earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in sculpture from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Following her graduation, Paige honed her craft in a prop-making studio, mastering a range of skills including sculpting, wood-working, welding, painting, and hard-coating.

After a trip to Thanh Ha Pottery village, Hoi An, in 2018, she had an incredible urge to get back into ceramics and pottery. At the end of 2018, she purchased a wheel, a used kiln, and some clay to slowly build her own home studio in a small spare bedroom and broom closet, where SunDay Ceramics was born, allowing her to experiment with her own artistic practice.

Paige also has a passion for public art, weaving art into culture, and learning about other cultures through art. In 2022, Paige along with Gladzy Kei participated in an Artist Residency at cSPACE Eau Claire Community Hub, in Calgary, engaging with the Eau Claire and surrounding community. Additionally, Paige has played a crucial role in the production of numerous murals around Calgary, always maintaining an active involvement in the community. 

Artistic Practice

While Paige's pottery production is visually playful and innocent, her artistic practice takes on visceral subject matter, comparing and correlating suffering to the human experience. Harris's work raises the question: Can there be beauty in suffering? Rather than submitting to the habitual response of running from pain and struggle, Paige attempts to magnify and cradle it, to place pain high on a pedestal and honor it for how it strengthens us.

One creation that holds a special place in Paige's heart is the Mopey. It originated as small sculptural forms and has since expanded to include larger Mopey sculptures. Mopey represents feelings and challenges us to confront and embrace them. Paige hand sculpts a variety of Mopeys in different colors, sizes, and shapes. Each Mopey has its own unique personality and expression and serves as a tangible reminder that you're not alone in your emotions, encouraging acknowledgment and processing.

Paige's artistic expression extends beyond the visual realm into the realm of music. She explores acoustic guitar and songwriting in the melancholic genre of indie alternative music. Inspired by her life struggles and unique perspective on the world, her music serves as a medium for expressing and understanding her emotions.

Harris encourages her audience to view their work through the lens of their perspectives, provoking questions about the human experience. She aims to reduce the stigma surrounding trauma and mental illness, encouraging vulnerability, compassion, and courage in the face of suffering. As Viktor E. Frankl wrote in 'Man's Search for Meaning,' "But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer." 

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