Paper, paper bag, sari material, gouache, wire, string, cardboard and embroidery floss
60 x 56 x 3 inches
Caroline MacMoran’s work examines physical and existential space, and the ways in which revealing and concealing embodied emotions ultimately lead to their reassembled expression. Her acts of piercing, cutting and rearranging materials is a symbolic attempt to unify, despite the impossibility of creating a real whole, much the way Sylvia Plath expressed in The Colossus:
I shall never get you put together entirely,
Pieced, glued, and properly jointed.
MacMoran is interested in a variety of material, new and used, but centrally she is drawn to handmade paper and its ability as object. The necessity to literally embed part of her genetic self by dipping her hands into the pulp while forming the paper, connects her to the work in a visceral way. This connection drives her to then reconstruct the material as a newly collaged and experienced form.