By performing and enacting a series of repetitive transformative actions – whether it is painstakingly braiding and knotting length of tubing, or tearing and gnawing through slabs of foam – through the physicality of my actions, I bestow upon the material an ability to further decay, multiply or spread beyond its original confines. The systems that emerge in my installations contain references to disciplines ranging from topography, biology and the decorative arts. Natural processes are translated, reflected and re-created in my installations. In the process of construction, systems become apparent in the spaces they are assigned to, each self-contained worlds with their own inherent logic.
Caroline Mak is an installation and mixed media artist based in New York and Hong Kong. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford University (2002) and her MFA from the University of Chicago (2005). She has been the recipient of an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, is currently a resident at Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, and will participate in a residency this July at Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC as an NEA Fellow. Exhibition highlights include the installations at Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Islip Art Museum, NY, ‘Mirage’ at Hong Kong Art Fair 08 and a collaborative project at New Life Gallery, Berlin.