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Delicate Sculptural Installations by Troy Nickle

An installation view of an artwork composed of wood and arrowsNature as Culture, installation view at Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

Today’s featured artist, Troy Nickle, is an artist currently located in Lethbridge, Alberta. His work attempts to explore and unravel the connections between natural processes and phenomena. In practice, he utilizes found natural formations as well as the human form.


An outdoor installation with a rock suspended between two narrow pine treesSuspend II, limber pines, stone and branches

I really enjoy Troy’s delicate sculptural installations. They’re somehow calming, and rather Zen-like to look at. Unlike other artists working with natural materials, his manipulations of plants and stones are the antithesis of destructive, allowing the actual beauty of his subjects to shine through. This is even the case when he moves the materials into the gallery space, despite the heavier level of manipulation.


A human silhouette cut out of a mattress, lying on snowy groundMattress #1b, mattress cutout

Troy has also used numerous other materials in his works. I like his Mattress series, here he cut human silhouettes out of abandoned mattresses, the resulting human-shaped upholstery being placed and photographed in a number of outdoor locations. This work is simultaneously eerie and humorous. 


A screen capture of the front page of Troy Nickel's websiteTroy's website front page

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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