Name: Andrew J McCauley
Statement: Andrew J. McCauley's work revolves around the effects that diseases like multiple sclerosis have on the body and mind. Atrophy and decline of the central nervous system are formalized as he incorporates parts of the human figure into a narrative landscape that act as a metaphor for memory loss. Characters are caught in the experience of nervous and circulatory system failure and, ultimately, a total loss of mobility. Each is surrounded by the deconstruction and fractioning of archetypal memories. The playful, intentionally unsophisticated forms act as a balance to lighten the heavy connotation of their decline. The story of dilapidation is linear and traditionally read from left to right; spaces between the forms symbolize the disconnection of the myelin sheath transmitting information, much like when the outer coating of a nerve begins to corrode. Amorphous, organic shapes that signify brain lesions creep in and over the canvas to reinforce the notion that these visual memories are being erased. McCauley's work provides a dark, inverted assessment of a body transcending into a state of complete system failure.
Near C 150
400 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Acrylic, fabric and vinyl on canvas
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