Found in Nature: Installation Art by Troy Nickel
Lethbridge, Alberta-based artist Troy Nickle uses materials found in nature to craft his artworks. Troy works in three dimensions, often incorporating the surrounding space – whether it’s a gallery or an outdoor area – into his installations and sculptures.
I like seeing the different natural artefacts that Troy opts to gather from the surrounding landscape to make his works. It’s an interesting look into the artist’s aesthetics and practice to be able to see the specific items and shapes that attract them. Often utilizing materials like wood, rocks and bone, Troy creates works that exhibit a certain level of control over nature, while still allowing these materials to look and feel the same as they would if one were to come across them outdoors.
This sense of “just enough” control over natural materials is a theme that’s present throughout Troy’s portfolio. It’s perhaps the most obvious in his site-specific works, contrast between his gallery installations and his site-specific works where he creates works from (and in) the landscape itself.