Paula McCann (Socket)


Brief Description of my Practice: My work is very much process based. I have an instinctive interaction with particular chosen materials and from this I make sculptural pieces made from such things as red thread, wax, muslin, brown paper, ochre pigment and charcoal. I have recently also started to use wood and carpet tacks as a result of some decorating work I did at home.

The sculptural pieces I create come from my physical manipulation of, and emotional interaction with, the materials that I am drawn to. I am particularly interested in my chosen materials because, for me, they have what I would call archetypal resonances. Their tactile qualities of texture, colour and smell trigger my unconscious mind and it is essential for me to work with the materials to form the ideas for my pieces.

The repetitive form of the grid is also an important part of my work. I am interested in the paradox of the grid. Being a form that is very rarely found in the natural world, it is seen as contained, static and devoid of narrative. 'It is what art looks like when it turns it's back on nature'. said Rosalind Krauss* but through my own work with grids and looking at some of the work of the many modern artists who have used them, it seems to have endless possibilities and often has a more organic and natural feel than one would expect.

* From: Rosalind Krauss: "Grids" October 9, Summer 1979. [Reprinted in: The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1985, pp. 9-22.



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