INTERIOR MORTIFICATION

Works by Caitlin G. McCollom

August 27th - September 28th, 2016

Opening Reception: August 27th, 2016 6:00 - 9:00 PM

"Interior Mortification" is an exhibition which reconciles the dying of the self. Caitlin G McCollom presents fifteen paintings on paper spanning two years time including new work poetically selected and arranged by curator Cassie Skelly. By using specific colors and archetypical shapes McCollom presents abstract symbolic icons. McCollom’s paintings are marked by both their vibrant colors and esoteric shapes and also her very specialized technique of painting on plastic paper. The work speaks to three types of mortification: death of the body, death of the mind, and death of the ego. A wandering through the physical and metaphysical revolution of the self from infectious disease and mental illness to a surrender to spiritual communion and greater mysteries of existence beyond the body.

 

Caitlin G McCollom a visual artist. Her painting work is spiritually conceptual and focused on notions of existential absence and metaphysical searching. There is a balance between the unknowable space of the mind and the mysteriousness of the physical body-- McCollom is compelled to express this dichotomy. While her vibrant paintings on paper have many facets, it primarily manifests itself in color and shape symbologies and explorations of formal whiteness.

McCollom is an internationally exhibiting artist and she has been featured in national print and digital publications. Including Glasstire, Austin Woman Magazine, Tribeza, The Austin Chronicle, Persona Literary Journal and Les Femme Folles a catalog of women artists in the United States. Currently her work is held internationally in private collections in Texas, Iowa, New York, The United Kingdom and Australia. 

McCollom graduated in 2010 from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in studio art painting with a focus on art history and honors studies. In addition to her studio practice she has worked as an acclaimed curator for Red Space Gallery and various independent projects and also as an art critic which now informs her full time studio practice.

Visit her website at www.cgmccollom.com