Plastic foam balls, synthetic hair, garbage, clay, concrete, beeswax, dirt, oil, acrylic, aerosol, damar, uv archival spray on canvas
Dimensions: 121.9cm (H) x 152.4cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 48" (H) x 60" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
I've been thinking a lot about plastics & oceans, humans & garbage lately. I used these unkillable plastic foam balls + synthetic hair and took inspiration from topographical maps to try and tell a story of interconnectedness. This is from my current series TALES FROM THE ANTHROPOCENE exploring synthetic materials and the longterm effects of human materials on the natural world. While my work often grapples with ecological themes, I wanted to skip the doom & gloom of our addiction to polymers and focus on something more empowering. All connected by water, we are all on this world-island together, and we CAN find a better way forward. 🌏🌲💫
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Last Updated Jul 15, 2022
Based in: British Columbia
"Mackenzie Perras is a contemporary painter. Centered around material experiment and critical wit, his work challenges our assumptions about the nature of the world around us and all its phenomena. Raised in the fold of Tibetan Buddhism its familiar themes of time & natural cycles; growth, decay and transformation permeate his work. With clear influences in geology, archeology, material sciences, advertising, and material culture, his aesthetic leans to the minimal while often asking us to look at the nature of his materials themselves. As viewers we walk away from his work with the impression that every material chosen has a unique spirit, and that each of his paintings is a dialogue with those constituent substances themselves."
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