Focusing on the processes of destruction and fissure, Alice Shaddle‘s series of collages made between 2001-2003 freeze the typical rapidity of time into still moments that explore the surreal, eerie, and alluring qualities of chaos of a post 9/11 world. Constructed from minute pieces of vinyl paper, which physically dismantle the actual works themselves, Shaddle’s collages present fragmented landscapes, twisting trees, and out-of-place objects no longer determined by the laws of gravity. A bright and sunny blue sky marked with floating office and building detritus is an example of the surreal state that Shaddle has captured in this emotional body of work. Taking one of its influences from media coverage of the events of September 11th, Shaddle’s collages explore the poignant emotions that still linger from the tragedy.
A small color catalog was produced in conjunction with the exhibition and includes examples of artwork from the previous fifty years of Shaddle’s career.