Nickle Picks: Claudia Chagoya, MFA 2019, UCalgary.
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One of the exhibitions that I most enjoyed at Nickle Galleries was Lyndal Osborne’s 2018 “Mutation of the Commons,” especially her piece Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice (2003). I was lucky to see the installation of the artwork, and I was amazed by the thousands upon thousands of glass jars, seed pods, dried insects, leaves and other natural materials that made up the work. The atmosphere in the gallery was very soothing. Another enticing work was the immersive installation, Tidal Trace (2004-2013, in collaboration with John Freeman), which featured a video of sargassum being washed ashore accompanied by several sculptures made of similar material. Both artworks invite us to reflect on the pollution of rivers and seas. Both pieces seem connected, just as these water sources are also connected. I invite the readers to check out more of Lyndal’s work!