AboutThe detritus of everyday experience is given a new lease of life through the artwork of Sara MacKillop. She takes yellowing paperbacks, tired frames and used envelopes and very quietly transforms them into objects of wonder and reflection.
Her objects have the iconic presence of minimalist art works by the likes of Agnes Martin or Sol le Witt. Like the minimalist artists there is no trickery or illusion to her projects. She is interested in an investigation of materials and what they can signify. Unlike the minimalists preoccupation with permanent substances, with metal and timber or pigment and paper, she utilises the most transient stuff she can find, paperbacks, records sleeves or free biros.
Much of her work takes objects that are dense with information, books, records or jigsaws and by manipulating them replaces their specific information with a blank surface. For one of the works at The City Gallery she has made up a series of jigsaws. She has then turned these over so that the underside is displayed and layered them on top of one another so that they create what is almost an abstract painting.
The work retains a gentleness and wit. It acknowledges that there is something slightly absurd about the gravitas with which we approach such mundane material. It suggests that there is something slightly comic about our search for meaning in the contemporary art gallery.