Elaine Cameron-Weir: Viscera Has Questions About Itself
Exhibition, New Museum, New York, US.
Elaine Cameron-Weir presents a series of new works that incorporate typical laboratory implements like metal barrels, rods, clamps, and fabric heating mantles, which collectively establish a mood of observation and inquiry. The voids emphasised by the installation’s other works, in turn suggest phenomena or forces that seem to escape scientific explanation. While the artist’s new sculptures are informed by her study of historical objects made to protect, punish, or stand in for bodies — mediaeval armour or torture devices and early-Renaissance orthopedics — they also reflect her interests in aspects of evolutionary design, such as corporal symmetry and the possibility of biological systems that harbor intelligence and self-awareness.