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Constance Mallinson
Couple

2008

US$15,000

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A oil on paper painting by contemporary artist Constance Mallinson. "Couple" depicts a man in a woman standing side by side, their bodies comprised of organic materials, bark, leaves, twigs wood. Hybrid Object expands on my previous “painted collage” still lifes depicting figures and scenes created from decaying natural materials with the incorporation of fragments of manufactured items to now suggest machine-like assemblages. If the Archimboldo inspired humanoid figures allowed that humans are part of the natural cycles of decay, these post-apocalyptic, Road Warrior-esque confabulations prompt scrutiny of the course set by a consumer globalised culture and its impact on the natural world. Although the imagery results from street detritus collected on daily walks through suburban Los Angeles, the work casts a foreboding glance to the future when, due to our inability to change our habits we may be confronted with catastrophic scenarios. Does nature overwhelm us or do we overwhelm nature? With humor and a sense of whimsy, however, Hybrid Object feels like a reconstruction of a barely remembered vehicle from a ruined civilization. Almost fetishizing the beautiful pieces of plastic and metal along with the natural, the object hints at a longing for a resolution of the tensions between nature and culture.

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