Every skeleton contains a biographical profile. Many things can leave marks on &/or in a skeleton: A creature’s genetic makeup, lifestyle, health history, physical injuries, and – sometimes – cause of death. So, in a way, a skeleton is a repository of memories.
Caitlin McCormack is an artist known for her intricately crocheted skeleton sculptures. Currently, her works are on view at her solo exhibition – ‘Mnemosyne’ – at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia. The word Mnemosyne means memory; and, through this series of works, the artist explores the ideas of ancestry, familiar bonds, the persistence of memory, and the significance of fabric and thread in the realm of human experience.
“The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string implemented in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by utilizing media and practices inherited from my deceased relatives, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism’s skeletal remains.” – Caitlin McCormack
If you happen to be in (or near) Philadelphia in November 20, stop by the gallery to meet, mingle, and chat with artists, gallery managers, art journalists, art collectors, and art enthusiasts. Set a reminder on your phone! That way, you wouldn’t miss the closing reception of this exhibition.
To see all 48 sculptures Caitlin’s created for this exhibition, please visit the exhibition’s web page.
October 23 – December 12, 2015
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Friday, November 20, 2015 | 5:30 – 10:00 PM
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