“Lazarus Taxa” works by Caitlin McCormack
On display at Laurel Hill March 3 - May 31
Lazarus Taxa at Laurel Hill Cemetery is a continuation of Caitlin McCormack’s recent autumn exhibition at Paradigm Gallery + Studio. Lazarus Taxa presents a collection of fiber sculptures, marking a continuation of the artist’s ongoing investigation of the warping of memory over time through the continuous breakdown of physical matter.
Trained in illustration, McCormack creates sculptures utilizing garments and discarded objects that she views as extensions of human identity. This series takes a more perverse, grotesque turn for the artist, incorporating materials with a more sinewy and oily texture. Chaining together disintegrated cloth and textile materials coated in enamel paint, she creates abstract sculptural works that occasionally reference the human form.
The exhibition title derives from the paleontological concept of lazarus taxa, a term which describes species that disappear and reappear from the fossil record. In this body of work, McCormack explores how repressed memories come back as monstrous and warped versions of original events. The series suggests the monstrosity that is produced when one attempts to forget and the festering of trauma that eventually returns. These works recall the fiber sculptures of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Sheila Pepe; as well as the taxonomic illustrations of Leonard Baskin and Hyman Bloom.
Images of the full collection may be viewed online: www.paradigmarts.org/collections/caitlin-t-mccorma…
About Caitlin McCormack
Caitlin McCormack received a BFA in Illustration in 2010 from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. McCormack has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Select gallery exhibitions include Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo; Last Rites Gallery, NYC; Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans; Spoke Art, San Francisco; Jonathan Levine Projects, Jersey City; Antler Gallery, Portland; Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn; La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles; Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia; Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, amongst others. Her work has been presented in several museum shows including The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke; The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn; and The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia; as well as Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk NL.
About One Book, One Philadelphia
Lazarus Taxa opened at Laurel Hill Cemetery on March 3 with the event “Changing Death: A Panel Discussion on Culture and Acceptance,” part of One Book, One Philadelphia. A program of the Free Library of Philadelphia, One Book is now in its 16th year and aims to promote literacy citywide and to bring Philly’s communities together to read, discuss, and share a single book. The program features eight annual weeks of discussions, panel events, exhibitions, performances, films and workshops
The 2018 selection, Another Brooklyn by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, is a lyrical novel that takes place in 1970s Bushwick and explores what it means to be black, girl, and coming-of-age. Through the main character’s loss of her mother, the book also examines the intricacies of loss, mourning, and cultural practices around death.
About Paradigm Gallery + Studio
Established February 2010, Paradigm Gallery + Studio started as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, to create a space in which to make artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the local community make their own artwork in a welcoming gallery setting. Over the years, Paradigm Gallery + Studio has become a gallery of diverse contemporary artwork from around the world, but still with a focus on Philadelphia artists.
Paradigm Gallery + Studio provides an artistic space for both the visual and performing arts, with a focus on dedicated, emerging to established Philadelphia-based visual artists. We provide artists with individualized attention, strong promotional support and a transformable gallery space to make their own. We strive to make art accessible to the whole community through free bi-weekly events and support work that welcomes a wide audience.