Filed under: art | Tags: art, Elizabeth McGrath, Los Angeles, Marcel Duchamp, Sculpture
The aesthetic of LA born Liz McGrath’s work is intricately charged with her Catholic-South American and Asian upbringing, heavily influenced by contemporary craft culture, street culture, Goth culture, Chicano culture, story books, and theme parks. McGrath uses little creatures as vessels in channeling self portraits of her own bittersweet modern life experiences. So the viewer must get passed the initial whimsical, cuteness- look of her animals to get to the psychology of her art. Her technique corresponds to the same school of thought as that of Marcel Duchamp’s (Etant Donnes) later works, where a comparison is made via the use of “isolationist” worlds and the authoritative stare of the viewer. Even though there is an interaction between the two, the viewer will always remain as a silent participator, an outside witness of the external world.
“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act”- Marcel Duchamp
I can relate to her affinity for rats, as I’ve grown quite fond of some of the baby rats roaming about NYC (I don’t mind them as much as roaches). And many a time have I made the strange comparison to human existence versus theirs. I ponder on how we coexist with them and how we affect one another by infiltrating each other’s worlds. They infest ours and we exterminate them. One thing both worlds can agree on is the evident struggle for survival of the strongest (it’s a doggy dog world, eat or be eaten). Dixie Rose
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