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Collecting Specimens: A Conversation with Lynn Aldrich
by Collette Chattopadhyay

Lynn Aldrich’s newest art-material treasure trove is Home Depot. There, she follows in the footsteps of the seminal bricoleur artist, Marcel Duchamp, scouting for manufactured objects that she subsequently hand-fabricates into sculptures. Transforming the known into something curious, intriguing, and unexpected, her newest sculptures convert drainage spouts into tree monsters reminiscent of German fairy tales or model green and blue garden hoses into the illusion of cresting ocean waves. In building sculptures from materials traditionally used in and around the house, Aldrich also ironically folds her role as an artist into women’s historical affiliations with the home.

Desert Springs, 2006–09.
Steel downspouts, and gutter extensions and corners, 59 x 70 x 62 in.


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