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Lyndal Osborne, Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Lyndal Osborne, Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2006-2011), mixed media installation [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Feb 1-Apr 27]

Lyndal Osborne: Bowerbird, Life as Art

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Feb 1-Apr 27, 2014

One of the more enchanting rituals in the animal kingdom comes from Australia, home of the bowerbird. When courting, the male fashions a bower (bedroom) using sticks and brightly coloured objects in an effort to attract a mate.

Lyndal Osborne also comes from Australia, but that was over 40 years ago. In the intervening years she has expanded her Edmonton-based studio practice from drawing and printmaking to the creating of large-scale installations constructed largely of natural materials that she weaves, layers, binds and orders to resemble equally natural formations – for example, island chains (Archipelago, 2008) and the ocean currents that shape them (Surge, 1995–2008).

It’s tempting to think of Osborne as akin to a male bowerbird and her artworks as her bower. An even more apt metaphor, however, might be thinking of her as a female bowerbird, which, because it is polygynous, visits numerous bowers in its lifetime, taking along materials of its own to create a nest for the next generation.

Mia Johnson

Lyndal Osborne, Surge

Lyndal Osborne, Surge (1995-2008), sculptural installation, water reeds. string, gel and steel [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Feb 1-Apr 27]

Lyndal Osborne, Archipelago

Lyndal Osborne, Archipelago (2008), mixed media installation [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Feb 1-Apr 27]


 Thu, Feb 6, 2014