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Janet Macpherson: 2012 RBC Emerging Artist Nominee

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Published on Sep 3, 2012

"Memories of my Catholic childhood have had a significant impact on my life and work, and the religion formed the structure of my daily existence. The source material with which I surround myself has its roots in my religious upbringing, and comes from the margins of medieval illuminated manuscripts, depictions of monstrous races, and strange renderings of biblical scenes. I am interested in the corruptibility of flesh, the deformity of body, the unpredictability of nature, and the inevitability of death.

My work also revolves around the process of creating slip cast figures from readily available commercial moulds and moulds that I make from found objects. I take pieces from cast forms and attach them together in unusual ways, creating objects that are both familiar and strange. These objects live in a complicated space. They are emotionally loaded sculptures full of pathos and palpable intensity, but they are also tied to the world of ubiquitous collectible porcelain. Like the strange and often unsettling images I recall from my Catholic childhood, I am compelled to make things that make us wonder and compel us to look again."

- Janet MacPherson, 2012 RBC Emerging Artist Nominee

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