Image Reflections - 'Fossil' / by Ally McGinn

A series of objects cast in plaster.


Discarded paint tubes, their form fused, their function disregarded. Unwanted in form they are preserved through process and attention.

They break, their cracks questioning their existence. Now that they are broken do they exist anymore?

When the objects are used do they exist as anything but rubbish?

Replicating unwanted forms questions whether they are wanted or not. It draws attention to the features of form without distracting qualities of surface (i.e. Painted marks, labels, information).

Form becomes the overriding quality in the object.

The question becomes; why would someone cast a pile of used paint tubes?

The question is what's important, it's what this work, and others like it, is seeking.