Wildly Sensitive: Annette Ten Cate

Annette ten Cate, Greater Sage Grouse, 2022.

Wildly Sensitive: Annette Ten Cate

Alberta Craft Gallery - Edmonton, Edmonton, AB - To Dec 17

by Robin Laurence

Although the sweet expressions and whimsical poses of Annette ten Cate’s ceramic creatures may beguile viewers, the underlying message here is a serious environmental one. Based in Medicine Hat and a keen observer of nature, ten Cate asks us to consider the threatened habitats of the wildlife she depicts, whether badger, owl, falcon or bear. “Little vignettes of nature,” she writes in her artist’s statement, “awaken a desire within me to somehow recreate these creatures and their world.”

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