ISABELLA MACKAY’S ARTIST STATEMENT;

The concerns that underpin much of my art practice, crossing disciplinary boundaries of print, painting, drawing and sculptural media, radiate from the core idea of interplay between connection and dissociation. The development of our social and economic structures insulates and separates us from the natural elements and cycles. This dissociation hangs on reductionist philosophy and is reiterated in economic models that are inherently limiting, denying a place for the environment and its services. The resulting activity violates the web of life by fracturing it into units incapable of functioning as a whole and creates misguided perceptions and illusions that are inevitably unsustainable. Our responsibility for the current environmental crisis is undeniable and demands our commitment to use our power of change to aid not hinder the resilience and regeneration of the ecosphere.

Much of my inspiration is drawn from the continually evolving and transforming patterns, rhythms and symbiotic relations inherent in natural systems and the marks carved into the landscape of the ecosphere as a result of human practices. Images of Earth from an aerial perspective as well as scrutinising worlds under the microscope inform my work. It’s captivating how patterns on these different levels resonate and interact, how the specific relates to the whole. With an amalgam of fragmented representations of human-made and organic patterns colliding and melding on the picture surface I explore a tension between a pleasing aesthetic with more problematic questions that lie beneath the surface. Our collision course with the global environment is at the centre of these, but I simultaneously celebrate the beauty and resilience of the environment that envelops us. Trapped within the drastic ecological consequences of our actions we still seek a comforting reaffirmation of our ultimate accord with nature.

  • Joined: February 2008

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