Current Exhibition


Janet Macpherson


The Mary E. Black Gallery invites you to explore a Hybrid Land which will fill the gallery with the curious and amorphous porcelain creations of ceramicist and sculptor Janet Macpherson. The exhibition will center on a massive work titled Migration Bridge - made up of almost 100 miniature hybrid animals in migration - which will take over the gallery space. This large-scale installation joins us from Hamilton Ontario where Janet Macpherson lives and works.

Working in slip cast mold making combined with other sculpture techniques, Macpherson’s pieces are detailed in highlights of gold luster and intricate surface detailing. Clearly referencing the source material of toy model animals used to create her molds, Hybrid Land presents creatures remade from edited parts, mismatched, and bandaged together, created anew. Macpherson “dismantle(s) and re-compose(s) these objects to create forms that subtly reveal a discomforting reality.”

The imagery in Hybrid Land denotes Macpherson’s Catholic upbringing by playing with spiritual imagery. “The borders between humans and animals, the manufactured and the natural, the spiritual and the corporeal are distinct yet permeable, illustrating differences while creating spaces for wonder and uncertainty.”

Hybrid Land will be on view at the Mary E. Black from January 22 to March 13, open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11-4. We invite you to join us virtually for a virtual artist talk on February 11 at 2pm AST where Janet will Join us from her studio in Hamilton Ontario to speak about her body of work and practice. 

Register in advance for this artist talk:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about


The Mary E. Black Gallery are open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 - 4.


We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia are situated in Mi'kma'ki, which is the unceded territory of Mi'kmaq people. We are governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 and endeavor to respect the rights and intentions laid out within it, as we are all treaty people.

Mary E. Black Gallery


To Download a copy of the digital catalogue please click the link below!