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Chronic pain expressed through sculpture at Amelia Douglas Gallery until April 18

A Burnaby ceramic artist channels the pain of living with chronic illness into art with Shards, Bone Deep, at the Amelia Douglas Gallery March 5–April 18.

Otto Kamensek has had arthritis for more than 45 years and has undergone multiple surgeries. An artist working in clay, he wanted to express the realities of living with chronic pain through sculpture.

Shards, Bone Deep is my expression of my relationship with chronic disease,” Kamensek said. “I want to give a deeper understanding of what it may be like to live with it.”

Krista Graham, Arts Events Officer at Douglas College, said Kamensek’s pieces are thought-provoking.

“His work provides a glimpse into the physical agony experienced by someone with a chronic illness on a daily basis,” Graham said. “We’re honoured to be able to share this exhibit with our community.”

An opening reception for Shards, Bone Deep will be held in the Amelia Douglas Gallery Thursday, March 5, 4:30–7:30pm, with an artist’s talk Tuesday, March 10, 6:30pm. The gallery, on the fourth floor of Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave., is a non-profit organization run by members of the Arts Exhibition Committee at Douglas College.



Maia Odegaard
Communications Coordinator
604 527 5806