Lindsay Ethel Flavel Art Gallery, Lindsay, Ontario, 1981

I had come across an article on the Galapagos Island turtles whose shell configurations differ between island populations despite their close geographic proximity. This resonated with my own experience of growing up in Europe with countries so culturally different yet in such close proximity to each other. I took up the challenge to make 10 various discussions regarding shape, their internal and external relationship as well as various ways of locating them. I brought into this conversation colour principles and my continuing conversation on the nature of an archway both as a bridge and as an archway entering into a different space. I chose to make 10 different conversations regarding shape and identity without attempting to create an integrated pictorial harmony, working on each wall section independently. The idea in the end was to let them coexist with each other despite their differences. (No doubt in my mind a reaction to the racist politics of the Third Reich). For me the result was exhilarating and liberating.

Interestingly, male viewers on the whole found it overwhelming, while women loved it. I don’t know what that means!


Yvonne Lammerich has shown nationally and internationally since 1973. Her work is included in museums as well as corporate and private collections.


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