Artist: J. Lynn Campbell   Exhibition year: 1999

"...In-Sight consists of trees planted in a spiral formation. The outside diameter of the spiral is 33-36 feet. Positioned in the centre of the spiral, is a boulder, 3 ft by 2 ft by 2ft. On the surface of the boulder, impressions of both left and right feet are sandblasted. The location, a clearing, will provide an unobstructed approach and a clear viewpoint of the surrounding landscape. The spiral depicts by analogy, growth and expansion, death and contraction, winding and unwinding. All processes are cyclic in this way, embracing movement in space, passage through time, and any change in form or condition, whether they are cycles pertaining to the year, the month, the week, the day, the life span of a human being, a culture or a race. The concept of the completed cycle, is represented by the literal passing of time through the seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter as one experiences the growth cycle of the trees that form the spiral. The footprints facing in opposite directions are symbolic of the acts of going and coming. In this work In-Sight, the tree exemplifies the world in constant regeneration. The spiral signifies continuity, guiding us to an interior location. This inner space delineates a site for contemplation of our conscious existence in relation to the external world".

J. Lynn Campbell is a Toronto-based artist educated at the Ontario College of Art, with independent studies in France, Open Studio Toronto, Humanities at the University of Toronto and Philosophy at York University. Campbell has been exhibiting her art since the early 1980's in Canada and Europe. Her work is included in private, public and corporate collections.

subjective body, an essay by Anne O'Callaghan.