Sink Or Shiver is a series of five sculptures presented at Zalucky Contemporary as part of a three artist exhibition in 2022. The series Sink Or Shiver is composed of fire charred pine, a wide range of electric pigments mixed by the artist, and resin. The forms cast from the artists body, are comprised of hands cupping bent knees and carved holes in the charred wood surfaces. The hollow shells in multi-coloured resins, become egg-like emergences bubbling out of the charred wood. At each end of the charred pine strands, carved tips mimic skate eggs, also called ‘mermaids purse’. 

Zalucky excerpt:

“  The artists assembled here perform various forms of alchemy to explore the inner life of things. Their work exalts the inherent mutability of matter, the constant state of becoming that might not always be perceptible to the naked eye. Employing the corrosive power of salt, the powerful energy of fire and the transformative effects of vapour, they attempt to bear witness to the ‘changefulness’ of inanimate objects and how, in that state of flux, new forms of knowing can emerge. ” 

Laura Hudspith, Liljana Mead Martin & Lee Henderson
Vessels, Orbs and Pyrophytic Pods
June 4, 2022 - July 2, 2022. 
Documentation by Laura Findlay.

Mod Thermal (Detail) , 2022, charred wood, resin, pigments, 60 x 5.5 x 4”.

Installation view. 

Sink Or Shiver. 2022. charred wood, resin, pigments.

(left) Mod Thermal. 2022. charred wood, resin, pigments, 60 x 5.5 x 4”.
(right) Ancient Risk. 2022. charred wood, resin, pigments, 60 x 5.5 x 4”.

Pyrophytic Pod. 2022. charred wood, resin, pigments, 19.75 x 5.5 x 3.5”.

Sea Weed. 2022. 26 x 5.5 x 3.25”. Charred wood, resin, pigments.

Installation view.


Sea Weed (detail), 2022. 26”H x 5.5” x 3.25”D. Charred wood, resin, pigments.

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Liljana Mead Martin works at Studio #403 Artist Resource Centre (ARC) East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These are the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Learn about Land Back