Breaking with purpose—this is how New Zealand artist Louise McRae describes her creative act. Selecting found wood, cutting it, and painting it before it’s molded into dynamic assemblages, McRae’s work demonstrates an explosive spirit. By fitting together the broken down wood into art that is perfectly imperfect, McRae makes sense of chaos—or rather harnesses it to her advantage. “I have always broken things by accident, now I was breaking with purpose, it felt good, my response to the world of ‘perfection,’ a world that has been beyond my ability to master,” McRae explains.
The natural material is often painted, but the artist does vary her technique by occasionally charring or silver foiling the wood. The color and texture only serve to enhance the forms McCrae creates within each assemblage. Undulating waves embrace large and small squares or sharp, straight lines shoot out from a forceful radius—each piece creating a unique sensorial reading by the spectator.