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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: The Eerie Art of Caitlin T. McCormack

I first saw Caitlin McCormack's art in Bust magazine. I remember thinking that her crocheted skeletons were dainty, macabre & striking with white yarn situated against a black background. McCormack, a south Philadelphia sculptor, began crocheting in 2010 after the death of her grandparents. Her grandmother was a skilled crocheter & her grandfather was a bird carver. Combining the two crafts of her grandparents, helped McCormack grieve the loss of her family & kept their crafts alive, albeit with her own eerie twist. McCormack says, 

"The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string utilized in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by implementing media and practices inherited from my relatives, both living and deceased, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism's skeletal remains. 

The material out of which my work is composed acts as an alchemical conduit between the garment and the clothesline; it acknowledges the latter as a symbol of the ancestry and familiar bonds which have greatly informed my work. I wish to give the impression that a garment has disintegrated and reformed itself in the image of a tenacious animal's remains, representative of both the persistence of memory and the significance of cloth and thread in the realm of human experience."


Now, this art is really up my alley! If you're like me & you're itching to see more wonderful sculptures, you can check out more amazing art on McCormack's website & Instagram.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is fascinating! I like the one on black background with the little flowers.

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