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Mnemosyne: works by Caitlin McCormack

Posted on October 01 2015

Paradigm Gallery + Studio presents Mnemosyne works by Caitlin McCormack 
October 23, 2015 – December 12, 2015 

MNEMOSYNE – Mne·mos·y·ne \ni-ˈmä-sə-nē, -zə-\- memory

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. -Edward de Bono

Caitlin McCormack’s Mnemosyne explores the mind’s attempt to reconstruct fragile remnants of memories before they are tainted. Within this realm, McCormack marries found threads to existing pieces, embracing the melancholy of time overlapping memory in her delicate play of intersecting loops. In the crocheted bones of her discordant creations, lay manifestations of resurrected truths and birthed falsehoods; a balance of beguiling recollections arranged in unnatural juxtapositions.

MNEMOSYNE’s sense of fragility underscores a precious attempt to preserve that which has fallen into obscura – to present a persistence of memory, as new life is stitched together in the parameters of anamnesis where memories live as beautiful fabrications that belie a beginning and beg off an end.  There exists a haunting calm within the delicate wisps trying desperately to be more than retired graces of things they never were. ‡

It is the second installment in a cycle of exhibitions; an examination of the consequences of my practices, as they pertain to the scrutiny of memory's authenticity. I am drawn towards a vacuous well of recollection, in which the fibers connecting a network of truths and fabrications fade in and out of darkness, at the bottom of which resides a glimpse of memory's mass extinction. – Caitlin McCormack

‡ Introduction courtesy of Ginger Rudolph

Opening Reception*

Friday, October 23, 2015 • 5:30pm – 10:00pm

*The artist will be in attendance

Closing Reception (*NEW DATE*)
Friday, November 20, 2015 • 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Exhibition Hours
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: / (267)266-0073

Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Bio // CAITLIN MCCORMACK received a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 2010.  She has since exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.  Her recent gallery exhibition credits include Modern Eden, San Francisco; Antler Gallery, Portland; Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia; Fountain Art Fair, New York; Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn; SCOPE Art Fair, Miami Beach; La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles; Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia;  Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook; Sundance Channel Headquarters, New York; and many more.  Her recent museum credits include The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn and The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia nationally, and Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk NL internationally.  She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA and is currently represented by Paradigm Gallery + Studio. To view a full catalog of her work, please contact Sara McCorriston at

Artist Statement // 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.


Titles (starting at top left): The Sill, Aequalis, Slicer, Implacable Punctuality

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