Art Gallery of York University




Susan Schelle
Passage, 1993

"I am interested in the manipulation of the common. This involves the use of imagery that deals with the phenomenon of physical world and the customs of a particular time or place."
-Susan Schelle (The Power Plant, 1994)

Passage, a permanent installation created specifically for the lobby of the new Chemistry and Computer Science Building in 1993, reflects the relationship between parallel systems of knowledge, as represented by the image of the book and the ginko leaf. Schelle layers her narrative with words such as: "purify, filter, sublime, essence, pulverize, solve, take, compose" to reference both the language of Science and a Romantic vision of the natural world.

The ginko leaf, as both an image and in its real form, represents the indigenous fauna of the local area. Passage was commissioned from the artist in 1993.

Since 1986 Schelle has completed a number of public art commissions, notably Salmon Run (1989), a fountain project at Toronto's SkyDome.

Canadian, b. 1947
marble, cement, ginko trees


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