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Mia Kinal

Mia Kinal

In Nassim Nicholas Taleb's definition, a black swan is a large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare event beyond the realm of normal expectations. Taleb regards many scientific discoveries as black swans—"undirected" and unpredicted. He gives the rise of the Internet, the personal computer, the First World War, as well as the September 11, 2001 attacks as examples of Black Swan events. The term black swan comes from the ancient Western conception that 'All swans are white'. In that context, a black swan was a metaphor for something that could not exist. The 17th Century discovery of black swans in Australia metamorphosed the term to connote that the perceived impossibility actually came to pass.
Black Swan Ceramique began on a whim, a casual invitation to accompany a friend to a class. Early on, I found something that had been missing that allowed me to feed the spirit inside that was crying to create. Some 350 + pieces later, that whim has become an overwhelming passion. I identify strongly with Taleb’s concept, and have a lifelong connection with and love of ballet ( it started before I was born)...and with the polarity of Odile, the Black Swan and Odette, the White in the ballet Swan Lake.
The work, like me, is eclectic. Inspiration comes from the beauty of our landscape (I really am a prairie girl), human form (particularly female in case you didn’t notice), exploration of texture, the world of fashion and sometimes, the silly and inane, because I just want to laugh.



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Mobile 1 St. Norbert Market 2014

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