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Katie McGuire

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I identify as a contemporary sculptor choosing to explore the importance of materiality through the theme of industrialism. I predominantly create sculptures using the non-traditional material backer rod – a polyethylene material used as an insulator on construction/building sites.

My work is centred around ideas, thoughts and sensory reactions when exploring different environments and how I can manipulate a range of industrial materials to create a conversation within a new setting. Through my work, I explore form, weight and tension and breaking points of materials usually used on industrial sites or in construction. I believe in creating my sculptures solely by hand to emphasise the idea of manual labour in the industry trade. As a female Northern working-class artist, it is important for me to explore my heritage through the reproduction of industry in an artistic aesthetic manner.

Throughout my practice, I have gained interest in researching materials and removing them from their supposed domain, manipulating them by hand and installing them in a new environment to create investigations around the purpose and how it can adapt and react to a new industrial setting. I enjoy monitoring my artistic development through photographic and sketched documentation, adding this to my installations to further explore the connection between both the 2nd and 3rd Dimensions. Throughout the development of my artistic practice, I will continue to research and focus on creating site-specific installations exploring materiality, industry, and the working-class nature through manual and laboured sculpture.

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