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Kathleen A McSherry
Doylestown, PA
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst



ARTIST STATEMENT: recycled, repurposed and redefined

With a longstanding appreciation for the abandoned and obscure, Kathleen McSherry's approach to sculpture can be described as archaeological. Her work references multiple strata of American culture, refusing to be tethered to a singular aesthetic. Her choice of composition and media are benefited through their familiarity, giving the chimeric aspects of her sculpture a sense of uncanniness, yet wonder. This observational quality in McSherry’s work is self-evident; her media is as much the refuse of modern culture as it is the thematic components of our everyday lives.

McSherry’s unique deconstructive techniques elevate the mundane and forgotten, rather than focusing on the traditionally beautiful. The act of freely altering and misusing the intended purposes of her media allows her a wide range in the field of irony. Deforming the personified and anthropomorphizing the lifeless gives even the most unsettling of her sculptures an almost religious quality, no doubt influenced by the religious tropes McSherry references. In this regard, her sculptures serve as altars to alteration and the art of assemblage, where the bodily remains of a child’s doll could just as well be reused for their inherently unnerving attributes as for their aspiration towards the ideal.

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  • I Dance the Dance of MS
    2010
    Vintage doll, needles, wood base

  • McApple
    2012
    Apple computer, buttons
    14 x 10 x10

  • Type Two
    2012
    Found Objects

  • Pines +Needles
    2010
    shoe-shine box, foot molds , pins, needles

  • Deep Memory
    2011
    Found Objects
    16x21x6_2011

  • Type Face
    2010
    Found objects
    26 x 22 x 5.5

  • Measure Once Cut Twice
    2013
    Frame yardsticks and store display scissors
    32 x 47 x 2

  • Jazz Nite
    2011
    Found Objects
    16 x 20 x 6

  • Distant Days
    2010
    Found Objects
    22 x 15 x 5

  • SHIVA,VISHNU + ME
    2011
    Clock Case, dollparts, gears, meter, electric light, wooden apple,

  • ANGEL OF THE APPLE
    2013
    Found Objects

  • GODDESS
    2012
    Finniel, brass fixtures, clock gears, Plumb bobs, meters wooden statue, brass chain

  • SHELL GAME
    2013
    Found Objects

  • COLD CALL
    2012
    Found Bjects

  • Timing in Music
    2013
    Found Objects

  • FOCUSED
    2013


  • Cone Dress
    2012
    Found Objects
 








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