Touchstone

CHRISTINA MCCLELLAND
Touchstone, glass, dry pasta, craft paper, spray paint, 10" x 24" x 24", 2011

Christina McClelland is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily
in sculpture, installation, and printmaking. She received an MFA from
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the
University of Iowa. Her work has been exhibited nationally and
internationally, notably at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago,
IL; the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, IA; and the Bemis Center
for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. Upcoming exhibitions and curatorial
projects include a two-person show at Roxaboxen Exhibitions in
Chicago, IL, curating a group show in Champaign, IL, and a solo show
in Izmir, Turkey.

My artistic practice deals with notions of perceived success through
objects and motifs that serve as markers of prestige and value. Recent
works have transformed humble materials such as dry pasta, sponges,
and glue into sculptures, object-based installations, and embellished
digital prints that contrast the lofty idea of a commemorative object
and its physical materiality. Overall, my work broadly examines the
relationship between decoration, presentation, and implied value.
Situated between critical use of historical objects, a low-brow
version of pop art, and Martha Stewart's home improvement projects, my
work questions the perception of, desire for, and pursuit of coveted
and commemorative objects that mark success in society.

Christina McClelland's website

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on December 06, 2012

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