Ione Thorkelsson, ‘Correction No.1: with watershoots’, 2010, L.A. Pai Gallery

The piece ‘Correction No.1: with watershoots’ consists of a large oak stump and partial root bowl in cast glass out of which sprout a collection of walnut branches that have been painted with vernal green rubberized paint. The sparkling glass of the root structure contradicts its subterranean origins and the peculiarly urgent texture and colour of the branches all combine for an arrestingly improbable visual éclat. This piece was first shown in Ottawa, 2010, as part of a collection of pieces entitled Corrections.

The flawed, the misconceived, the mistakes that have yet to be made. In such a world the real always, by some sort of universal malicious error, falls short of (and defies) the ideal. Any possible utopia will be scruffy, with bare spots. It will be deracinated, ill-fitting and incomplete, graceless, off-kilter, bathetic.