The See

The See

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Bookwork   |   6.5 x 8 inches   |   4 Colour Risograph Print  |   Soy-Based Ink   |    Edition of 300

 

 "A long time ago in a place where all was not understood, not a thing made sense and I was very much smaller than everyone else. Where landscapes disintegrate and bodies fragment, where the surface is shinier, a distressed narrator struggles to form a sense of self. If I were a dog... but I'm a fish."


The See combines watercolour paintings, animation stills, digital collages and prose text from MacCormack's practice to create an illustrated narrative. The entire book is printed using a mock CMYK model, switching out process colours for Risograph spot colours.

MacCormack's surreal, lush imagery and fragmented text reflect a terrifying account of trauma. As terror and alienation wash up on every shore, the child’s desire for belonging and human connection is undone by her critical eye, and an inability to accept that her perception of reality is unsound. When we have long ago fallen off the places that might have made sense, where there are many fish, many directions, we are led to ask what it might have looked like if anyone was looking.

Jessica MacCormack's interdisciplinary practice engages with the intersection of institutional violence and the socio-political reality of personal trauma. Her recent works integrate animation, video, painting, and collage in social interventions and community productions that explore issues of criminalization, HIV/AIDS, racism, transphobia, sexual assault, and mental health. Working with communities and individuals affected by stigma and oppression, MacCormack uses cultural platforms and distribution networks to facilitate collaborations which position are as agency. She has an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University (2008). Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University and lives in Montreal, Quebec.