“Nature in the Garage” commission project, Janet Bellotto, commissioner, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 2006.
Each artist received a plastic double-wall shed structure as the starting point for this project. There were a number of sites provided from which to choose. I decided I wanted to make my piece for the pond just outside The Power Plant gallery. With Island, I began by perforating the shell of this structure with holes to create transparency. I eliminated the roof – just the shell remained as a sign for a sanctuary floating on the water. I fashioned a boat in the shape of a large paper boat, the kind that we learned to fold as children out of a flat sheet of paper. This boat with its folding became the imaginary vessel by which to reach the island or sanctuary.
Yvonne Lammerich has shown nationally and internationally since 1973. Her work is included in museums as well as corporate and private collections.