April Martin. Brightening Visibly, 2018. Copper, wool, carbon fibre. Image courtesy of Randy Alexander Gallery.

Magical, Material Thinking

April Martin and Natalie Sirianni

Curated by Melanie Egan

June 8 – October 14, 2019


Reception: Thursday, July 11

There is no denying the joyfulness when encountering a group of objects that transports you to an otherworldly place. The sheer pleasure objects can evoke and the delight artists experience through their engagement with making and materials is a cause to celebrate. Artist April Martin and designer-maker Natalie Sirianni present an exhibition of curious objects and installations infused with the alchemical nature of materials, process and thought.

– Melanie Egan



April Martin is a process-based sculptor from Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She creates ceramics, textiles, sculptures and poetry that investigate the materiality, magic, and energy of weather and landscape. She holds a BA from McGill University (2009) and a BFA from Concordia University (2014). In 2016 she completed her MFA in Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence (Ceramics) at Harbourfront Centre. Martin is recipient of numerous awards and has participated in residencies and exhibited work throughout Canada, the US, and Europe.



Natalie Sirianni is a designer-maker and current Artist-in-Residence (Design) at Harbourfront Centre. As a recent graduate from Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design program (Furniture), her current work builds upon her knowledge of design and fabrication to indulge fantasy and contemporary glamour though sculptural lighting explorations.