As a sculptor and curator, Lorrain Mailer enfolds an assortment of mediums and materials inside a process of wrapping, overlapping and layering elements within her work.
The purpose is to suggest enfoldment; an intuitive, inherent and multi layered feeling that oscillates between entrapment and entwined. Conjured from an indivisible line, that has repeating folded in on itself, Mailer seeks to invite the viewer to imagine unravelling the work to question contemporary discrepancies, double standards and complacency in our everyday lives.
Through this practice Mailer draws attention and unpicks subconscious conditioning in British society, an evolutionary semblance that in fact conceals a collective and instinctive drive to survive by conflict and domination because humans are predatory by nature. To justify this mankind has repeating sought to find mitigating answers to their actions and the consequences of those actions.
Throughout she has absorbed and applied; theoretical and methodological inquiry; often the repetitious and recurrent nature of human events in both forgotten and established history. Despite the expansion in knowledge and technology, each generation is governed by their emotions.
With an emphasis upon the inherent physical and contextual characteristics between our secondary senses, everyday, ephemeral or transparent materials and our subconscious, Mailer explores and develops these ideas of enfoldment through participatory workshops and projects.