Mary Catherine Newcomb Augury

By June 15, 2016Exhibitions

June 18 – July 10, 2016

Opening Reception: June 18, 2016 2-5 PM

Artist Tour: June 26, 2016 2PM

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Newcomb is interested in how we assimilate information to create models of reality, as well as the use of narrative and myth as tools to situate ourselves in the created context. In Augury the artist draws on examples that parallel common personal histories, showing how these are reshaped to make the world psychologically habitable and to obliterate an uncomfortable awareness of human nature and frailty.
Cattle bones collected throughout the American Southwest are covered with Talavara inspired decor and “reassembled” to resurrect Miss Real Silver. This piece refers to an Arizona family ranch that was sold before the artist was born – but it has become a repository of imagined and romanticized family memories for a collection of cousins. Pieces of Talavara pottery from that era, whose design reflects multiple influences following multiple political conquests, remain in the family.
Augury and the Fordwich Hare allude to the scapegoating that frequently follows an individual’s persecution by a malevolent but influential force of nature. In these works, the Hare becomes a reminder of an inconvenient and shameful truth and he finds himself isolated without voice – homeless in the most fundamental sense of the word: psychologically disintegrated.
What happens next? What is the cost of oblivion and how does it play out on a larger stage?
Newcomb’s work has been widely exhibited and has garnered various grants and awards. She is a member of the Nethermind Collective and currently teaches in the Visual and Creative Arts Program at Sheridan College.

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