New York

Suzanne McClelland

Stephanie Theodore Gallery

Instead of contenting herself with the revelation of the stale perception that the mass media have emptied language of meaning, Suzanne McClelland combines words and paint to evoke the degree to which we are determined by words and the fictions they embody.

On a formal level, McClelland utilizes charcoal, acrylic, gels, clay, and rabbit-skin glue to investigate the conditional relationship between drawing and words, between painting and writing. Within these formal parameters, however, she pursues a more speculative and ultimately more engaging investigation of the zones between conventional and personal language usage. Frequently focusing on a specific word or phrase that has to do with time (titles include Always, Now, Forever, and Till [all works 1991]), McClelland explores both the power of language to generate necessary fictions and the escapist traps that words so often spring.

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