Green on Red Gallery 2010
In Purlieu, the artist continues her investigation into how we construct our social relations through a visual and linguistic framework. Purlieu is defined as "a certain territory of ground adjoining unto the forest [which] was once forest-land and afterwards disafforested by the perambulations made for the severing of the new forests from the old." Within the context of this exhibition it refers to a created landscape, an in-between space that divides the border between a real and fabricated visual landscape. McCann’s use of mediated images and everyday kitsch in her work contribute to this both real and fantastical landscape that is part of our everyday experience.
The sculptural works and drawings splice urban motifs and natural elements to create a hybrid cultural wasteland where both the natural and the urbane co-exist. She transcends the limits of representation and de-stabilises the established hierarchies of thought, reshaping and re- configuring the norm to create a new visual landscape. Writings on the post-modern condition continually refer to the degree of openness of systems of language and their transient nature. As part of her practice, McCann adopts this shifting framework through layering, montage, deconstruction creating an idiosyncratic language. Each piece autonomous but self-reflexive.