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Constance McBride - USA

Constance McBride – USA - Liquid Scream

The COVID-19 Pandemic brought with it Social, Political, Economic, and Psychological Consequences. After a torturous 12 months, my words have all been spoken. I am spent after emptying my heart into the streets in protest, yet I still suffer. Hey world leaders, forget the rhetoric, just say the right thing.

“Words matter. When we are gone, they’re all we leave behind.” – Martha of Fear the Walking Dead

I create my work through a lens of empowerment to address contemporary issues faced by women. I use clay (a medium historically excluded from the fine art world) to investigate the aging process, a notion rejected by many and specifically linked to failure as it relates to women. Through un-idealized female faces and figures, I explore themes of identity and memory; referencing my own body to claim agency as the subject and owner of my work. I hand build my pieces with stoneware and paper clay and often incorporate bits of nature, wire, and metal to illuminate a specific narrative. Recent surface treatments include layers of sgrafittoed text. Words are power. They give strength to a piece, and when combined with gesture they elucidate experience. Colorants including under glazes, stains, oxides, and graphite are applied to a figure’s surface to further magnify a countenance of grace and wisdom seen in senescent women. My figures are presented as standalone objects on plinths, hung on walls or placed within a larger installation to foster an engaging sensory experience. My goal is to create a space where the viewer is drawn in for a closer look; to contemplate, to question. Not only the work, but themselves within it.

Constance McBride - Liquid Scream – mixed media - 33x26x19


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