Ione Thorkelsson, ‘Arcadia reconstruction: from memory’, 2004, L.A. Pai Gallery
Ione Thorkelsson, ‘Arcadia reconstruction: from memory’, 2004, L.A. Pai Gallery

The Arcadia piece was created at the request of the Ontario crafts Council for their Elemental Connections show in 2007. It consists of a small ash tree that has been freshly dug and ‘reconstructed’ with a glass trunk. The piece reflects my preoccupation with the implications and consequences of human intervention in the natural world which, despite the best of intentions, is too often a record of ineptitude and errors in judgement. Reluctantly, and only partly tongue-in-cheek, I wrote the following in response to a request for yet another artist’s statement:

A ludic, dystopic view, suggesting that sustainability,
like Arcadia itself, may be an entirely contrived but
essential notion arising out of deep-rooted/ancestral
anxieties about our place in a larger non-human space. A
notion that must, of necessity, be deracinated, in
complete, ill-fitting, depauperate, off-kilter, bathetic.
"Another fine mess you've got us into, Stanley." -Oliver Hardy