Lynne Chinn: Life As We Could Know It
Lynne Chinn’s “Winged Geode” (2007). Size: 9 x 29.5 x 13 in. Smalti, 24K gold smalti.
Lynne Chinn’s mosaic sculptures immediately bring to mind the possibility of new life forms. The Texas-based artist is a master at making the hard materials of mosaic look soft, yielding and animate.
In her breakout work, “Winged Geode”, Chinn uses the metaphors of feathers and a geode to explore the nature of the American need to be politically correct. “On the outside, for fear of reprisal, we show to the world our polite customs and soft attitudes. Our true interior natures may be brassy, sharp and rough, but infinitely more straightforward and far more interesting.” “Winged Geode” was awarded the prize for best 3-Dimensional work for the 2009 Mosaic Arts International.
Detail of Lynne Chinn’s “Winged Geode” (2007). Detail of Lynne Chinn’s “Winged Geode” (2007).
I am lucky enough to live with a smaller version of “Winged Geode”.
I can tell you that visitors to my home are immediately drawn to this mosaic. They simply have to touch it, explore the nooks and crannies of it, and look deep into that furnace of bright orange smalti especially when the afternoon sun hits it.
Had I the space, I would want the entire suite of works in Chinn’s extraordinary installation ‘Outcropping’ for my bath/spa/meditation/escape area.
Lynne Chinn’s “Outcropping” (2011). Various sizes; 20 x 60 in when hung as shown. Marble, 24K copper colored gold smalti, quartz crystals, selenite, glass.
Seen above as it was displayed during the 2011 exhibition Forward Mosaic! at the City of Quebec’s Villa Bagatell gallery, Outcropping could be a group of tumbling alien lichen or maybe a cluster of yet-to-be-discovered mollusks clinging to an ocean shelf. Under Chinn’s deft hand, these forms look as if they could breath or flit away at any moment. Detail of Lynne Chinn “Outcropping” (2011). Detail of Lynne Chinn “Outcropping” (2011).
Many of these beautiful artworks are for sale. Please contact Lynne Chinn for more information.
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