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On Art: Robin Arseneault shares “Falling Off the Log” at the Esker Foundation

Installation shot, Esker Foundation. “Lantern”. Vinyl window film. 2022. Courtesy Robin Arsenault and Norberg Hall

Estate sales are often a good place to find unique jewelry, vintage furniture, and other various knick-knacks of interest.

Robin Arseneault, however, was intrigued by a set of small pieces of driftwood that were for sale at an online estate sale of a New York artist. Once acquired, the palm-sized driftwood pieces went on to inspire the 12 large sculptures featured in her latest collection of works.

Her exhibition, Falling Off the Log, is on now until December 18 at Calgary’s Esker Foundation. Arseneault will be joined by Esker Foundation Curator Naomi Potter for a tour of the exhibition on August 18, 6-7 pm MT.

On Tuesday’s Traffic Jams at 5:45 pm MT, CKUA’s Lisa Wilton spoke with Robin Arseneault about how the initial wood pieces morphed into the sculptures of Falling Off the Log. We also learned how Arseneault strikes a balance between humour and tragedy in her works.