Ione Thorkelssonís relatively delicate work stands in marked contrast.... At one end of the terminal, Ione Thorkelssonís Incoming (2011) is a flock of cast-glass bird wings, simultaneously gorgeous and nightmarish. Each pair of colorless wings is disembodied, with the rest of the bird replaced by a steel armature. Thereís a refreshing polysemy in the work, especially for public sculpture. Incoming suggests uplift and flight, angels, and flocking birds; it recalls Michael Snowís installation Flightstop (1979) in Torontoís Eaton Centre shopping mall. But the detached wings also suggest human interruptions of nature, species loss, and Icarusís mythical hubris.
- William Ganis, GLASS Quarterly, Spring 2012. A review of art installations at the James A. Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg.