Surge, 1996 - 2018

Sculptural installation: water reeds, string, gel and steel
Dimensions: 4 x 12 x 12 feet
In the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts


The commonplace materials of everyday life in rural Alberta are resources that lie within my experience and give energy and inspiration to my studio practice. The lakeside reeds used in Surge reference harvesting and preparation for the long winter months. A more metaphorical reading is possible. I came from Australia in 1971 and in those early years I developed a slightly fearful relationship to the land. I felt a strong desire for shelter that would give protection from the cold and harshness of winter.
This grouping of forms evokes its own set of associations and ideas. Completely unadorned (except for the binding), each form curled protectively become gentle reminders that can suggest awakening and regeneration. To me they reminiscent of the ocean currents without beginning or end and the ritual of creating the forms is closely associated with our own sense of connectedness with nature.

 Lyndal Osborne, 1996-2018

 Mutation of the Commons, Nickle Galleries, 2018      12 x 12 ft.Photo: Dave Brown, University of Calgary

Photo: Dave Brown, University of Calgary

 Oil, Science and Soil, 2008, Capital Arts Building Gallery, EdmontnonPhoto: Mark Freeman

Photo: Mark Freeman

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