Paula McLean arranges a series of free-standing laser-cut acrylic forms lit from below by continuous, soldered LED strips. The form of each acrylic piece is determined by and translated from a series of distorted scans that she creates and collected using a handheld scanner. The scans are intimate and closeup details of several Toronto locations, capturing both time and movement through deliberate distortion. By translating, and thus solidifying, these ephemeral gestures into physical and material forms, the original experience of being in that particular time and place is relived through the contemplation of and engagement with the acrylic objects in the present moment.
Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Paula McLean received her BFA at Concordia University in 2017 and her MFA at the University of Waterloo in 2019. Her thesis show,”To Catch A Glimpse of Things”, took place at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery in May, 2019. In the summer of 2018, she served as a studio assistant to Ireland-based painter Ciaran Murphy. In 2020, she will attend Artscape Gibraltar for a week-long self-lead residency. Her work has been shown in regional galleries across Ontario as well as in Montreal.
Supported by the Ontario Arts Council (Exhibition Assistance Grant).