Heather Goodchild & Naomi Yasui. Last is First (installation detail), 2016. Mixed media.
Photo by Brian Medina.

Last is First

Heather Goodchild and Naomi Yasui

Curated by Curated by Melanie Egan

June 1 – June 1, 2020FREE

Heather Goodchild and Naomi Yasui have created an exhibition brimming with the symbiosis of craft, art and design. The exhibition attests to a different way of looking and thinking about things and advocates an alternate perception of the associations and relationships between objects, paintings and photography. The exhibition components create visual loops that overlap and interweave, leading to nuanced interpretations and readings.

– Melanie Egan, Head, Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre


We explore the hierarchy of artistic disciplines by focusing on the relationships between depictions of objects in paintings and photographs and the physical objects themselves. The ”props“ (a fruit bowl, a rug, a vessel, fabric) typically used in the creation of “higher art“ are forms of high art in their own right. The work points to the cyclical nature of artistic endeavour as styles influence each other within different disciplines (contemporary art, fashion, and design) and as ideas recycle through history. By playing with the different roles and experiences of a creator, we explore the tension between being both artist and artisan, professional and amateur – a theme continued from our first collaborative work, Wardens Abroad, which was exhibited in Berlin (2012) and later remounted as part of the exhibition Chapter XI: Vases in Toronto (2013).

– Heather Goodchild and Naomi Yasui


Heather Goodchild

Heather Goodchild works with textile techniques in conjunction with installation, performance, sculpture and painting. She is interested in communicating ways in which individual and collective experiences manifest across cultures through symbol, archetype and myth. Goodchild has exhibited work since 2002, most recently at the Textile Museum of Canada. She was the Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario (summer 2012) and was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts international residency in Paris (2014). She has upcoming shows at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (Toronto) and Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (Kingston).

Heather Goodchild would like to acknowledge the support of the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.




Naomi Yasui

As a ceramic artist working in sculpture, performance and installation, Naomi Yasui’s conceptual practice revolves around process, form and happenstance. Focusing on the act of making as an extension of sentient being, she explores the intimate bond between maker and object. Yasui uses the abstraction of traditional techniques to exercise artistic expression, to place side-by-side the domestic object and conceptual art. Yasui studied Material Art and Design at OCAD University . She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Chapter IV: Painting with Fire presented at ESP Gallery, (Toronto); Chapter XI: Vases at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (Toronto); and Wardens Abroad with Heather Goodchild at Sur la Montagne (Berlin). Recent group exhibitions include: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto); Narwhal Contemporary Art Projects (Toronto); The Power Plant (Toronto); and Battat Contemporary Gallery (Montreal) Yasui was granted an artist-in-residence placement at Guldagergaard in Skælskor,Denmark in 2014.

Naomi Yasui would like to acknowledge the support of the Toronto Arts Council.