Breach Of Skin
From the press release of the exhibition at Melanie Flood Projects, Portland OR:
Breach of Skin, a solo exhibition that investigates the way sound and image exist as reminders and remainders of each other. In this new body of work Carel continues to develop a diverse territory of exploration that is defined by drawing connections between the demise of modernism, and its utopian notions, with environmental disintegration.
Harking back to avant garde practices of translating sound into image and vice versa, fragile amalgams speak to species on the brink of extinction in Modalities of Treatments. Stemming from her interest and early display methods of natural history museums, Carel layers archival audio recordings of endangered, and extinct species with abstract sculptures thereby forming an intimate yet imagined habitat. Inspired by early Bauhaus textile designs and Theo van Doesburg’s Composition VIII which celebrated the image of the domestic cow taken to complete abstraction, Towards A New Amphibian is a series of mixed media works that takes the recent extinction of the Golden Toad as its point of departure. An elegiac meandering between sculpture, sound, and works on paper, the series meditates on a wild animal that has lost not only all relation to it naturalistic origin but has completely disappeared from a taxonomical system. Carel includes natural and human pieces of detritus: molting feathers, pieces of thread, images of fabric swatches, shed reptile skins, and discarded pennies to redirect the gaze towards the residual—to that which has been overlooked, is steadily disappearing, and that which has been left behind.