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.

Caitlyn McCormack: ‘Mnemosyne’

Caitlin McCormack ‘Mnemosyne’ @ Distinction Gallery - beautiful.bizarre

Exhibition Dates:
October 23 – December 12, 2015

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays | 12:00 – 6:00 PM
And 7 days a week by appointment: info@paradigm-gallery.com | (267)266-0073

Closing Reception:
Friday, November 20, 2015 | 5:30  –  10:00 PM

Paradigm Gallery + Studio

746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Friend I by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Friend I’

Inevitable Canyon by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Inevitable Canyon’

Widdendream by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Widdendream’

Mansion of Prodigies by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Mansion of Prodigies’

Aequalis by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Aequalis’

Chillblain by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Chillblain’

Sententia by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Sententia’

Docent I by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Docent I’

Rosewood by Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) ‘Rosewood’

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Artist Jeremy Hush talking to Caitlin McCormack in front of ‘Widdendream’

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Artist Alex Eckman-Lawn looking at the mantel of domed sculptures

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) L – R: Sara McCorriston (Co-Founder Paradigm Gallery + Studio) and Tom Leonard (artist). Behind them: James Oliver (artist and gallery owner)

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) L – R: Sam Spi, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Sean Talamini, Andrew Stiles

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Lauren Duguid (Exhibition Designer at the Academy of Natural Sciences) and Evi Numen (Exhibit Manager & Designer at The Mütter Museum) chatting with Caitlin McCormack

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Looking at ‘Storm of Uncles’

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Jen Von Haunt (Way Gother) taking a picture of ‘Aequalis’

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Crowd looking at Caitlin’s artwork

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Taking a closer look at ‘Widdendream’

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Taking a closer look at ‘Widdendream’

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Ab0ve) Jen Von Haunt (Way Gother) looking down into ‘From Low Limb

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) L – R: Mark Beemer (Shirts For A Cure), Patrick Shillenn (Arch Enemy Arts), and artists Sean Talamini, Steven Bradshaw, Sam Spi

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Ginger Rudolph (HAHA Magazine) chatting with artist Alex Eckman-Lawn

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) On the center of the photograph: Jeremy Hush (artist) and J.L. Schnabel (Blood Milk)
On the left: Alex Eckman-Lawn (artist) and Ginger Rudolph (HAHA Magazine)

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre

Caitlin McCormack @ Paradigm Gallery - via beautiful.bizarre

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