Ione Thorkelsson, ‘Arboreal Fragments’, L.A. Pai Gallery
Ione Thorkelsson, ‘Arboreal Fragments’, L.A. Pai Gallery
Ione Thorkelsson, ‘Arboreal Fragments’, L.A. Pai Gallery
Ione Thorkelsson, ‘Arboreal Fragments’, L.A. Pai Gallery

‘Arboreal fragments’ is the faux archeological recreation of forest remnant which was first exhibited as part of the show Fragments and 2 partial reconstructions: everything we know about the Torpocene,Waterloo, 2004. The contextual framework of this show was a body of cast pieces presented as pseudo-paleontological (past) or counter-factual (future) field work, an unsynthesized progress report which one viewed from the free-floating present. The ordinal ambiguity was deliberate, as is the suggestion of a geological epoch time scale which the artist was presumptuous enough to name the ‘Tropocene’. But it is only an implied space circumscribed by the various artefacts on display. The viewer can locate this implied space however/wherever she/he wishes, or not. Thorkelsson’s latest body of work...consists of what might be fossils of previously unknown creatures cast in glass. For several years now Thorkelsson’s work has been rooted in the realm of what is possible, rather than what is actual As with many visionary and original artists, her tools or methodology might seem unorthodox, but the result is the creation of something beautiful and unique. Fragments essentially hybridizes different sources and abstract approaches in ways that are provocative. Thorkelsson’s work isn’t didactic however, but rather is more like poetry in sculptural form. She says of her intention in creating this body of work that she wanted ‘to suggest to the viewer a possibly playful route by which he/she may approach these peculiar and sometimes dark pieces.’ - Virginia Eichhorn, 2004

2004 created as part of the solo exhibition Fragments and 2 partial reconstructions: everything we know about the Tropocene, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
2006 solo exhibit, the Winnipeg Art Gallery
2010 part of the group show Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, National Gallery of Canada