Curtain of  Life at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, 2016 page 1   go to page 2
 
  Mixed media installation: gourds, seeds, metal, fishing line, programmable lights, sound track of birdcalls

  Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 3 feet
 

Photo: Josh Palmer

Curtain of Life

The world is full of seeds: important both in nature and our culture and fundamental to our survival. Because seeds are commonplace in our lives their fragility is often overlooked and their continued existence taken for granted by many in North America. Without the constant regeneration and growth of seeds we cannot exist. The vitality and beauty of fruits and their seeds is our inspiration in a world that is undergoing many threats to seed diversity brought on by climate change. The vitality and beauty of fruits and their seeds is my inspiration and this piece celebrates the possibility for continued plant biodiversity.
I have chosen to work primarily in a very pastel colour range. I considered how the lack of intense hues can suggest a kind of fading out or disappearance. White can also reference the beauty of the cold winter months when most plant life is snow-covered.
All of the forms have been constructed from natural materials exploring the rich variety of specimens using multitudes of dried gourd forms overlaid with seed and seedpods and occasionally shells.

Lyndal Osborne, 2016

 


Photo: Josh Palmer
 

Photo: Josh Palmer
 

Photo: Kelsie Balehowsky, VPAG
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