Lyn Carter’s art piece “Bouquet” unveiled at Sheridan

Lyn Carter's Bouquet Courtesy: Lucas Casaletto

Lyn Carter’s Bouquet
Courtesy: Lucas Casaletto


Four years ago, we created the Campus Enhancement task force. One of its mandates has been to enhance Sheridan’s common spaces with public art. Committed to public creativity, the work of this group is now aligned to Sheridan’s Institute for Creativity.

In addition to creating the The Temporary Contemporary project—an annual call to the wider arts community for a temporary art installation on campus—this group has also worked to develop a permanent art collection for Sheridan. We have collected works by students and our professors emeritus.

With Bouquet, we are further developing and intensifying Sheridan’s art collection, with our largest acquisition to date. Its presence in the soaring atrium of the SCAET building is monumental, yet graceful—bringing delight to all who pass beneath.

In the words of the artist, Lyn Carter:
“I court beauty in my work. Not beauty as something synonymous with pretty, but beauty in its most complex sense. The kind of beauty that hits you when you cut open an orange to reveal a perfectly sectioned pool of intense colour that you can taste even before you bring it to your lips. Beauty that is not frivolous. Beauty that is deep and thoroughly felt. The beauty that I seek to capture is restless rather than static. One that sets up differences in a tug of war game strong enough to shatter the divide that separates them: delight that harbours menace, stillness that seems to also move, volume that can appear flat. I think that experiencing beauty can be the moment where intellect and emotions melt together as one intact experience.”

Today at the launch of the work, Lyn spoke in greater detail about the fabrication of the piece. She noted that her pieces are constructed to fit into specific architectural settings, or respond to them in some way.Her background in textiles and her application of sewing adds a layer and reference to a traditional feminine practice, which she particularly enjoys.

She explained that the piece is made of rip-stock nylon, and says she named the piece “Bouquet” because a bouquet  is meant to be beautiful; when you receive one, the flowers “hit you” and capture your full attention.
In conclusion, Lyn thanked Sheridan for giving her piece a “great home.”

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