Opening Reception: April 20, 7 - 10pm
At UAS Satellite Gallery
Cassandra Paul's practice draws parallels between the natural and man-made world, combining what's left of the lives of animals following their deaths with that of humans. Imagining a post apocalyptic planet, Paul's work concentrates on depicting what the world might look like when void of any life. Highlighting the amount of waste left behind by a single person, Paul's paintings and three dimensional works seek to focus attention on the quantity of material possessions we collect and carelessly discard of. While an animal often leaves only its bones, a human leaves behind a lifetime of accumulation, that will one day flood the landscape like an above ground landfill. Paul's two and three dimensional works superimpose elements of the two species, illustrating heaps of human waste in hard edge, bright, saturated colours along with fragments of the skeletal remains of wildlife.
In order to demonstrate these ideas, Paul's work explores the natural and the man-made, juxtaposing these two opposite aesthetics within a single work. Exploring the likely devastation of both man and nature alike, Paul's work presents these two opposing forces inanimately in harmonious union. Working from found animal skulls and bodily remains, remnants of expired life are displayed as precious and curious objects. The latin phrase “Memento mori”, meaning “Remember your mortality” or “Remember you must die” is referred to by the skulls in these works, intended to make the viewer consider man and nature's shared fate, and the lingering inevitability of death. While the discarded objects represent a human presence, the human form is void from all my works. I am primarily interested in preserving artifacts of human existence. Painting them in solid and saturated colours disguises the history of the object and discards any trace of ownership. The viewer is therefore the human presence, projecting their own histories and experiences onto the objects; identifying them as familiar or obsolete.