Constance McBride is inspired by time. In her practice, she places an emphasis on her dreams while examining her family dynamics over various stretches of time to create relatable narratives. She sometimes makes use of natural elements to further enhance a connection between her sculpted figures and nature. A native of Philadelphia, PA, McBride relocated from the East Coast to the Southwest in 2002 and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. McBride is a current member of eye lounge; a collective, artist run space on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix. Her work has been represented at the Las Cruces Museum of Art and Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art and can be found in private collections around the country. McBride received a Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She was recently included in the 2014 edition of Phoenix New Times 100 Creatives and her work is featured in the international platform Ceramics Now and the publication Paperclay Art and Practice by Rosette Gault.
The effects time has on our bodies and my evolving emotions concerning them are what drive the direction of my work. The Southwest desert has also been a heavy influence on me. My focus on aging and the human body has been evolving for some time. I am not always happy with what I see in the mirror and camouflage what I see as flaws; perhaps behavior of the burden of growing up with a beautiful mother. Or perhaps a combination of her influence and the barrage of media images presented to me as a young girl. Unfortunately, the arrow of time cannot be disputed. Permanent change is a fundamental part of nature.
My figures are created to punctuate the complexity of the human drama as we age and we face the trials that come with it. By following my instincts and my own stories, I am trying to capture the essence of a range of human experiences that are intensely personal yet universal. By investigating concrete representations and creating situations that the viewer will identify with, I hope to make a connection.