Octopus’s Garden- Edition 1 of 5- By Artist Lynn Aldrich

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Octopus’s Garden- Edition 1 of 5- By Artist Lynn Aldrich


Lynn Aldrich makes sculptures, wall constructions, and installations using a variety of ordinary, mass-produced objects and materials. Signature works assembled from garden hoses, rain downspouts, and plastic sponges are clear referents to the world of everyday consumption and utility. Other series explore the possibilities of accumulated craft materials and fabrics, inkpads and office supplies, drywall and plastic panels. Concerned with formal decision-making, color choices, and shifts in scale, she is inspired by the simplicity and directness of Minimalism, but with a complex layering of metaphors.


Her work is a transformative exercise in perceptual transfiguration, a literal conversion of the mundane into unusual entities and unfamiliar encounters. Though often filled with humor and play, many pieces have an undeniable subtext of ecological concern, accompanied by a surprising spiritual longing. Like totemic reminders of our excessive consumption, her sculptures usually mimic phenomena in nature through artificial means; water and waves, flora and fauna, skies and galaxies are all strangely rendered in plastic, vinyl, fake fur or foam. This visual and conceptual tension between the natural and synthetic reminds us of the precarious condition of the human-made world and of our own temporality.

Lot #58867

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Octopus’s Garden- Edition 1 of 5- By Artist Lynn Aldrich

Estimated Value: $1500


An art curator contacted Aldrich last year about making a new piece for the Hale Family Building under construction at Boston Children’s Hospital (will open in Jan, 2022). She particularly wanted a work from a series of sculptures where she uses scrubbers, brushes, sponges, mop heads and scouring pads to imitate the beauty, weirdness, and biodiversity of a coral reef.


They agreed to give her the commission when she sent a proposal drawing that showed how it might look in the dimensions they wanted. Aldrich liked the drawing too, and had a series of prints made from it.


Terms and Conditions

  • Winner will pay for shipping (Glendale CA 91208 (Los Angeles County))
  • Archival inkjet print on cotton paper, Graphite, colored pencil, permanent marker.
  •  Size: 28h x 36w  in

Lot #58867

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