The Hope For the Future is a representation of a seed-saving project for a small community. It references larger seed banks that have been established by almost every country to store their national heritage of seeds for future generations. Through genetic engineering our vast biodiversity of seeds has been threatened and the information gained through seed storage has assisted scientists to determine characteristics of germination and knowledge that will help to ensure a measure of resistance to extinction. Seeds are considered time capsules of life and without them life on earth would be drastically changed forever.
I had the great opportunity of attending Lyndal Osborne’s talk and the opening of her retrospective exhibition Bowerbird: Life as Art last January 31, 2014 at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The exhibition is a survey of Lyndal’s 40 year career as an artist. Featured in the exhibition are her early print works to her present day sculptures and installations.
Hands down one of the coolest installations I’ve seen in a while. Mason jars with arrangements of debris collected from the Shoalwan River in Australia and the North Saskatchewan River in Canada combined with background music.
Lyndal Osborne is a magnificent woman who is currently featured at the AGA.
“I feel like an archeologist seeking and retrieving discarded fragments of the urban environment and the dried out remains of natures’ seasons. All have gone through their prime of life and now remain as relics of past glories. The objects are then recreated by me as a direct response to my encounters in nature in the role of observer and participant.”