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Intimate Spaces by Tyler Mackie

Parrish Gallery

Artist Statement:

Intimate Spaces is a retrospective body of sculptural work that manifests the divine, wounded, and everyday contradictions of a lived female experience.

The work employs notions of the body, movement, ritual, and objectness, making space for comfort to exist alongside discomfort. In these spaces, revelrous rebellion is pursued in all that feels deliciously wrong - all those moments that feel eerily familiar and easy. Easy is not the ideal, acceptable state for a challenge. I make a space where it is necessary for the uncomfortable to exist alongside the pretty.

Here, handicraft traditions engage in an obscure grasp with the abstract and surreal. Questions of access and consent rest within this gesture for you, dear audience. Who, or what, gains access here? Where is it permissible to touch, fondle, or penetrate? Is it comforting or grating that these gestures simultaneously swaddle and smother one another? Is it gentle, or insidious? I grant it permissible for your feelings to be in delicious conflict with one another. Acknowledging conflict and discomfort makes room for the vulnerable moment.

Look to those moments where we are vulnerable and drawn to hold space for one another. Intimate Spaces advocates that we make room for soft power through careful and compassionate practice. It advocates for the tender ways that we express joy, anger, delight, pain, and the beauty of being viscerally, unapologetically human.


Tyler Mackie holds a B.F.A in Studio Arts from Oregon State University (2005), and an M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Louisiana State University (2009). Her work explores relationships between performance, visual, and craft-based communities, with an emphasis on the female experience. Themes push engagement with the sensuous, dis/comfort, and moments of public versus private. Recent projects include Bridge for Blankets, an installation on the Broadway Bridge (2013), creative contributions are ongoing as a member of the international, collaborative collective, Expanded Draught (2009-present), and she has shown recently at Wolff Gallery, Furthermore @Bison Building, as well as with Killjoy Collective.  

Artist Reception: July 6, 5:00pm-9:00pm