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Paula Castillo

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Yale University
University of New Mexico

sculpture, conceptual, digital, landscape, installation


I am a contemporary sculptor who creates discrete and conceptually rigorous objects both in and of themselves and meshed into larger tentative environments. I am known for my penchant for creating form by hand welding thousands of tiny pieces of metal bi-product together. My preference is for industrial materials scavenged from regional fabricators and scrap yards to simultaneously ‘show and tell’ a piece of the suffocating dislocation of matter. My work annexes minimalist forms and schemes and reinscribes them with a quietly schizophrenic division between the hyper organized desire to dissolve into the world (using permeable webs capable of catching detritus and treasures alike) and the need to buttress margins (using antagonistic and unfriendly obstacles and traps). I like to mimic the manic intensity with which we structure our world/ the human agency to arrange and work nature/culture and always wait for that aspect that tirelessly escapes the transformation into workability. I especially like to perform fantasies of natural objects and relations to expose not only our real strangeness but also to imagine the immense complexity involved for any entity. Ultimately the final goal for all of my artwork really is to expose our real, dense and buried attachments to the ‘other’.

Recent Exhibits

Paula Castillo participated in these exhibits:

Center for Contemporary Art
Sep, 2012 ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness
516 ARTS
Jul, 2012 “Market Value”
GF Contemporary Art Gallery
Jun, 2011 tethered
William Siegal Gallery
Jun, 2011 tethered
William Siegal Gallery
Aug, 2009 Equations: a balanced state?
516 ARTS
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