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Not Your Average Sculptor

Politics, Environment and Media in Art Form

Selections from Lynn Richardson’s Inter-Glacial Free Trade Agency Art Installation include oil derricks, faux-fur life jackets and specially outfitted canoes.

By Sheila Eppolito

Governmental trade agreements as art? Yup. Lynn Richardson’s art draws inspiration from unusual sources, including government trade relations, the media and environmental concerns like global warming and hunting.

Exhibits are often interactive ߝ the Keene State University professor says she seeks to involve her audience directly, thus increasing the likelihood that they’ll stop, look and think.

Canadian-born, Richardson cites the influence of environmental science classes she took alongside art courses. Exhibits include huge metal umbrellas ߝ a nod to an effort in Winnipeg to brighten the stark winter landscape with enormous fake trees. Her iceberg relocation kits include faux-fur life vests and flotation devices ߝ a dig at global warming and glacial shrinkage born after a trip she took to Alaska.

Richardson’s materials are eclectic ߝ nary a bit of clay in sight ߝ including yards of fabric she sews herself ߝ and intricate, mechanized components like air filtration devices and cap guns that mimic shooting geese.

Her work is on display at the University Gallery through Dec. 2.