Identity and experiences

What I like about Meryl Pataky’s work is her personal involvment in the work and how it captures her identity. As she claims that her work relies heavily on personal narative, Pataky’s sculptures suggest that our identity is shaped by our experiences in life and through our own experiences, we are all a “different material…a different mold”. Thus, her use of materials comes to symbolise identity shaped by experiences. Pataky herself asserts,
“these experiences are what I relate to most intimately and, in turn, allow me to confidently make the appropriate decisions about my work, its concepts and materials. We are all molds that are filled with different substanes. These are delicate blend of our paths, experiences, beliefs and interactions that form our being. As a result, we are all different casts – we are all made of different material.”

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