Time Lines — Spirituality of Mixed Media

Mixed media art, from its literal meaning, describes the creations consisting of different possible elements instead of single traditional medium. This genre of art has dominated the contemporary art world with its importance of asking questions of ‘how’ and ‘why’ — how are different components grouped together? How are they selected? How are they posited? Why is this sepecific material applied?

Since the beginning of cubist collages and constructions of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque around 1910s, the use of mixed media has become widespread. Not being confined by traditional manners, unique new associations behind each component of the artwork create stories and inspire the audience. The poetic connections artists grant to the ready-made objects are where creativity is born.

Among different goals artists try to achieve through mixed media, ‘spirituality’ is a major doctrine which has ‘time’ as its theme. What is ‘spirituality’? Here comes a daily-life illustration.

Imagine there is a bathroom which has not been cleaned for 50 years. One day, a cleaner decided to spend a sleepless week cleaning it day and night until it becomes dirtless. When you step in the bathroom, you find a certain degree of ‘spirituality’. It shines not because of how clean it is, but the experience and spirit it contains — the memory you have of a super dirty bathroom in the past and the imagination you have about the efforts to pay to clean it. You do not watch the cleaner working day and night, but you feel it. A kind of speechless beauty which is not visual, but only felt by heart.

In Vancouver-based artist Catherine Tableau’s practice, she uses only two materials — plaster and light, to create various textures and deliver different feelings.

Throughout the creating process, the artist compulsively performs a chain of mechanisms — digging up, inflicting mechanical stress, cutting, reconstructing, sequencing, and ensuring consistency. Audience could see the records of the mechanism through the traces left on the materials, as memories carved on them.

Her current series, Time Lines, consists of monochrome panels. Fragmented patterns, the repetition of architectonic lines, the creation of contrasts between surfaces and intervals give a hypnotic/kinetic effect. Light gives its changing character to the artwork presenting variations that shift with the viewer’s position. Similar to a time line depiction, the repetition of vertical lines speaks out to the human need of reading the time, addressing questions related to impermanence, memory erosion, accident, choice, and resilience.

Feel the spirituality of Catherine Tableau’s series Time Lines at: http://bit.ly/2NifrEF

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