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JOCK HILDEBRAND IN CONVERSATION WITH


BLAKE SENINI Edited by Carmen Hildebrand


Jock Hildebrand: Blake, please tell me what drew you to sculpture in the first place? Blake Senini: I can remember this quite vividly. A TV program ran on contemporary sculpture – they were talking about U of Vic – a fine arts program.


J: This was the start up fine arts program in the university? B: That’s right. They were bringing in new instructors, sculptors coming from England – Roland Brenner and Laura Bayton


being my instructors. I was interested in sculpture because I knew nothing about it.


Prior to that I took ceramics classes and I think one sculpture class that was in the old hospital when Malasapina College had just started up. I took lots of art classes as a child (they) had special programs – drawing – painting and anatomy classes in Nanaimo where I grew up.


(When I started out) there were very few sculptors working on the coast that were (working in ) public art. Most of it was really private then, mainly wood carvers. I remember one named LeRoy; he did an organic wood sculpture in the Times Columnist building I think. I felt kind of cut off in Nanaimo.


J: I understand you did your BA in Victoria and your Masters in Calgary. Did any instructors strongly influence your approach to sculpture? B: I was the first student through the U of C Masters program. They had just started their graduate program (at that time) we could map out how we


from the US. They ended up


We are all in the Same Air (2009) Laminated wood /enamel/ steel cable 300 x 120 x 120


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