Paula Castillo: Born in 1961 in a small town along the Río Grande in New Mexico, Castillo’s work recombines personal and familiar elements in unusual ways. The man-made microcosms combined with the expansive natural environment are the catalyst for her critical exploration of the systems and spaces we inhabit; places our own lives depend on.
“I am a contemporary sculptor who creates discrete and conceptually rigorous objects both in and of themselves and meshed into larger tentative environments. I am known for my penchant for creating form by hand welding thousands of tiny pieces of metal bi-product together. My preference is for industrial materials scavenged from regional fabricators and scrap yards to simultaneously ‘show and tell’ a piece of the suffocating dislocation of matter. My work annexes minimalist forms and schemes and reinscribes them with a quietly schizophrenic division between the hyper organized desire to dissolve into the world (using permeable webs capable of catching detritus and treasures alike) and the need to buttress margins (using antagonistic and unfriendly obstacles and traps). I like to mimic the manic intensity with which we structure our world/ the human agency to arrange and work nature/culture and always wait for that aspect that tirelessly escapes the transformation into workability. I especially like to perform fantasies of natural objects and relations to expose not only our real strangeness but also to imagine the immense complexity involved for any entity. Ultimately the final goal for all of my artwork really is to expose our real, dense and buried attachments to the ‘other’. In this show of new work I use drawings and sculpture to puzzle together a story of self which inevitably includes the amalgamation of obscure and tangled webs and of things seen and unseen, things which we are present for and not all tethered to a world muddy with limitations and dependencies. Here self is recognized as an array of relations in leaky errant spaces that transmutate and transfigure."