Getting to know the human

photo by Patrick Dussault

photo by Patrick Dussault

Check out my interview with CBC Exhibitionists:

Artist Statement

Jessica Sallay-Carrington's work focuses on the representation of femininity and the role of gender and sexuality in modern society. Jessica’s work showcases their lifestyle as a pansexual/queer, polyamorous, non-binary femme. Through ceramic sculptures Jessica questions gender expectation and stereotype and how they influence personal identities. The animalistic qualities of the figures speak for the subconscious parts of human action, blurring the line between human and animal. Jessica uses their sculptures to fight for gender equality and aims to develop a revaluation of what defines 'feminine' in contemporary society.

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Jessica Sallay-Carrington is a Vancouver, BC born artist who moved to Montreal, Quebec to attend Concordia University, completing a BFA in ceramics in 2014.  Upon completing their undergrad Jessica continues to produce work in their studio and actively pursues artistic travel opportunities. Jessica has attended artist residencies and exhibited work in Italy, Greece, Denmark and multiple places around USA and Canada.

More adventures on the horizon, all covered in clay.



2011-2014 Concordia University, BFA received June 2014, Montreal, Canada

2009-2011 Emily Carr University of Art & Design, BFA year 1&2, Vancouver, Canada   

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 (upcoming) Salt Spring Artist in Residence Exhibition, Salt Spring Island, Canada

2016 Jessica Sallay-Carrington, Galerie Luz, Montreal, Canada

2015 Rammits Revealed, Main & Station Art Centre, Parrsboro, Canada

2014 Faunacloset, Mouse Print Gallery, Montreal, Canada

Group Exhibitions:

2018 Shapes of Influence (juried), Springfield Art Association, Illinois, USA

2018 Glenhyrst Biennial Juried Exhibition, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford, Canada

2018 FestiVulve- Festival Celebrating Vulvas, Loft Hotel, Montreal, Canada

2018 The Rose Festival: Montreal’s Queer Arts Festival , Mainline Gallery, Montreal, Canada  

2018 Top 60™ Masters of Contemporary Art, Rio Gallery III, New York City, USA 

2018 FoodModesty (juried), Fresh Paint Studio & Cafe, Toronto, Canada

2018 Mirror: Articule’s 2018 Members Show (juried), Articule Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2018 The Nude: Brutal Beauty, (juried) Lexington Art League, Lexington, USA

2017 Celebration of Femme Artists & Intersectionality, Pop-up Gallery, Montreal, Canada 

2017    Galerie Fringe - Édition Festival, MAI, Montreal, Canada

2016 Artist in Residence Exhibition, C.R.E.T.A. Rome Gallery, Rome, Italy

2016 What is Shame? (juried), Glass Door Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2016 Pop-Up Show- Fundraiser for Women's Charities, Mayfair, Montreal, Canada

2016 Centerfold VII & XI (juried), Pop-up exhibition in various locations, Montreal, Canada

2016 The Colour of Desire, Studio 314, Montreal, Canada

2015  Salt Spring National Art Prize (juried), Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, Canada

2015  Real People (juried), Old Courthouse Art Centre, Woodstock, USA

2015 The Artists of Mosaika, Mosaika Shop, Montreal, Canada

2014 Spring Into Summer (juried), Montreal Arts Centre, Montreal, Canada

2014 Galerie Fringe (juried), Montreal Intercultures- Fringe Festival, Montreal, Canada

2014 Hearth (juried), Station 16 Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2014 One Night Stand (juried), VAV Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2013 Holiday RAWk, La Mouche, Montreal, Canada

2013 Suzy Birstein Exhibition, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece

2013 La Spiritualité Cosmique, L'Ermitage Sainte-Croix, Pierrefonds, Canada

2013 Exploration, Usine 106u Gallery,  Montreal, Canada

2013 Still Standing (juried), Entree Des Artists Gallery, Montreal, Canada      

2013 Menagerie for Hair and Wood (juried), Art Matters Festival, Montreal, Canada

2012 You’re Fired (juried), Lillian Rodriguez Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2012 In the Details, Webster Library Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2010 Emily Carr University Annual Art Sale, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Residencies and Arts Related Experiences:

2019 (upcoming) Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, Salt Spring Island, Canada

2017 Artist in Residence, Tolne Gjæstgivergaard, Tolne, Denmark 

2016 Artist in Residence, C.R.E.T.A Rome, Rome, Italy

2016 Artist in Residence, Watershed Centre for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, USA

2015/16  Artist in Residence, Main & Station Nonesuch Kickshaw, Parrsboro, Canada

2014-present  Glaze Technician, Employed at Mosaika Art & Design, Montreal, Canada 

2014 Artist in Residence, Torpedo Factory Art Centre, Alexandria, USA 

2013-14 President of CCSA (Concordia's Ceramics Student Association), Montreal, Canada

2013 Participant of Suzy Birstein Ceramic Workshop, Skopelos, Greece

2013 Co-organizer of Still Standing Exhibition, Studio #427 & EDA Gallery, Montreal, Canada 

2012-13 Ceramics Student Technician at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Teaching Experience:

2016 Press-Mold Pottery Workshop, Main & Station Art Centre, Parrsboro, Canada

2016 Artist Talk for Linda Swanson's ceramics class, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2015/16 Hollowing Solids Workshop, Main & Station Art Centre, Parrsboro, Canada

2015 Epic Mugs Workshop, Main & Station Art Centre, Parrsboro, Canada

2011 Assistant to Suzy Birstein in her kids summer clay workshop, Vancouver, Canada


2018 Pansexual, Polyamorous and Post-human: Jessica Sallay-Carrington's Sculptures are             Smashing Stigmas, CBC Arts Interview, Lise Hosein, Montreal, Canada 

2018 Top 60™ Masters of Art 2017, ArtTour International Magazine, New York, USA

2018 1340 ART Magazine Q1 // 2018. Dec. 29th 2017. Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 My Secrets: Sexplorations and Other European Adventures. Jessica Sallay-Carrington,                        self published,  Montreal, Canada

2017 La Céramique au Service de l'Art, Lez Spread the Word Magazine. Delphine Cézard. 

        Online Magazine, Montreal, Canada

2017 Interview with Jessica Sallay-Carrington, Ineffable Magazine. Hayley Evans,  

        Online Magazine, Montreal, Canada

2017 Radical Decadence: Excess in Contemporary Textiles and Craft, Julia Skelly, 2017,                  Bloomsbury Academic, Montreal, Canada

2016 Artist Biographies, Graphite Publications, 2016 Issue, Montreal, Canada

2014 Swamp Rabbits and Earth, Headlight Anthology, 2014 Issue, Montreal, Canada

2013 Fat Rabbit in All Her Glory, Yiara Magazine, Issue 1, Montreal, Canada

Awards and Honours:

2018 Grand prize at Glenhyrst Biennial Exhibition, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford, Canada

2018 Third place award at Shapes of Influence, Springfield Art Association, Illinois, USA

2018 ATIM's Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art Award, ArtTour International Magazine

2016 Research, Creation and Exploration Grant, Conceil des arts et des Lettres du Quebec

2016 Nonesuch Fellowship for Ceramics, Sculpture and Stonework, Main & Station Residency

2013 Outstanding Student Award for Ceramics 430/499, Concordia University


Kuterevo Utočiste Medvjeda, Kuterevo, Croatia 

Tolne Gjæstgivergaard Ceramic Residency, Tolne, Denmark 

C.R.E.T.A. Rome Ceramic Residency, Rome, Italy

Main & Station Arts Centre, Parrsboro, Canada

Concordia University Ceramics Teaching Collection, Montreal, Canada

Various Private Collections, Canada and USA

Sporades Islands Centre for Sustainable Life, Glossa Skopelos, Greece

Strategies for Wealth Building, Portsmouth, USA