Friday, 27 January 2012
I like not knowing what is going to happen. I don’t want to illustrate a process. The process is what I’m interested in, so I have to extend that vocabulary. It’s a collaboration between the material and me.
Anya Gallaccio, 2006
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Lost in Lace
Blood Lines, 2009, bandages, steel, blood, plastic tubing
(each) 50cm x 50cm x 225cm
Untitled Installation, 2007, lard, newspaper, blood, tea, coffee
(each) 229cm x 106cm x 100cm
"Jodie Carey's work is often monumental. She creates sculptures that overpower and overwhelm the viewer. Whether suspended or floor-based, the grand scale of her work operates as a shrine to the past and its ongoing resonance in the present.Carey’s sculpture plays with extremes, juxtaposing monumental scale with the intricacy of craftsmanship. Her installations are immersive spaces which confront the viewer with the sheer physicality of the objects and the labour intensity of their construction. It celebrates both life and death and considers what it means to be human."
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
"I am interested in beauty, but I mistrust it. Instead, I look for beauty that exists in tension with the materials or the circumstances that invent it.
The selection of material is very important to me, and no material is too mean or humble if it is expressive. I appreciate non-traditional items, and I work on several things at once, often in series. As a consequence, my work usually falls into distinct groupings based on my material or media choices.
My series of “filigree” sculpture was originally inspired by Victorian hair sculpture and jewelry. Historically, these objects were crafted out of the hair of a deceased loved one and acted as a memento of the departed. My own sculptural works are elaborately crafted tapestries of delicate, hair-thin wire that bring to mind lace work on a large scale. Often these objects are hung in such a way that allows the resulting shadows to become important elements of the work. In these sculptures, while the decorative patterning may soothe, the hair like materials impart a sense of dread and mourning."