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  • Sylvia Safdie, Inventory, 2021, organic and mineral materials, steel, bronze, glass, brick. Installation view. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay.

    Sylvia Safdie, Inventory, 2021, organic and mineral materials, steel, bronze, glass, brick. Installation view. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay.

    Sylvia Safdie

    Fonderie Darling

    For decades, Montreal-based artist Sylvia Safdie has walked, retracing through her peregrinations the lost terrain of her childhood in Lebanon and Israel. As she meanders, she collects stones, fungi, leaves, seedpods, branches, and other such fragments. To those who lack her naturalist’s eye, most of her findings seem ordinary enough. Other objects—such as giant kayak-shaped pods or the enormous leaf she hauled back from Brazil, bisected, cast in bronze, and then collapsed upon and around a stone like a pair of broken wings—thrust more expansively toward the imagination. This sculptural herbarium,

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