On first glance, Alwyn O’Brien’s sculpture might resemble a vase. O’Brien opens up the typically solid vessel shape by piecing together hand-rolled coils of clay. She loops, elongates, twists, and weaves the strands to suggest a jumble of energetic motion. The title is like a short poem evoking multiple meanings; the words can be read either as nouns or verbs, as past or present. Speak the title out loud to experience how the sounds also twist and turn on your tongue into your ear.
—Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Alwyn O’ Brien (Canadian, born 1975), Wound, Wind, Wound, 2014. Porcelain and clay. Gift of John and Shari Behnke, 2018.43.3 © unknown, research required.