Jill McLennan explores and observes the city of Oakland, a city she has chosen to call home. She delves into the industrial history, researching historical photographs and learning the stories of this vibrant city, built on wetlands of the bay. She documents the rapidly changing present while assessing her own place in this chaos.
I like scars, texture, decay, holes and bulbous things. I like the juxtaposition of discordant parts. Fat rolls and flesh, the way skin is tight against muscle and bone in one area and round and pendulous in another. I like how we weather, how we age, and how a hole makes you want to look inside. Bringing these elements together in sculpture provokes emotion and a counterpoint to traditional beauty. It is an ugly or distressed beauty, an aesthetic I find harder to look at but more honest and challenging to pursue.
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