McVetis’ process is labour-intensive, using hand embroidery, the artist records time through multiples of dots, lines, and crosses. Meticulously drawn and stitched, his work reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of a process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. The inscribed stitches mark the rhythms of the hand, a delicate performance of obsessive intricacy, refinement, and physical activity. Also, the mapping of space and marking time and form are central themes. McVetis explores the way time and place are felt, experienced, and constructed. Ideas are often developed in response to, or created specifically to a moment, visualising and making this a tactile and tangible object. These works explore how artefacts, materials, and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time, of the mundane and monotonous regularity of the everyday.
Many of the works exhibited have the premise of being created during a predetermined or durational period; this lends the work a performance quality, although executed in private. These enforced restrictions of time and location mean that the work is subject to chance; in this way, time and the artist are but one of the variables that contribute.
McVetis is interested in how a process can reveal a world seen from within, from a scale that can tell us much more about ourselves, about our trajectories in space, our interactions, and networks of processes.
McVetis will also be delivering the opening keynote at the symposium - Stage Craft: Craft in Performance at Crafts Study Centre on May 27th 2020.