As a sculptor, Lorrain Mailer enfolds an assortment of mediums and materials inside a process of wrapping, overlapping and layering within her practice.
The purpose is to suggest enfoldment; an intuitive, organic and inherent feeling, consisting of multi and diverse layers that oscillate 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 in her opinion, 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 mankind’s expansion in knowledge and technology; humans emotionally have not “progressed”. Each generation needs to experience ‘first hand’ their emotions and can only respond in accordance to the context of their surroundings and culture at any given moment.
With an emphasis upon the inherent physical and contextual characteristics between our secondary senses, every day, ephemeral or transparent materials and our subconscious, Mailer explores and develops these ideas of enfoldment through participatory events.
Curatorial and collaborative projects complement Mailer’s practice, such as Wavelengths, an ongoing collaborative project initiated and facilitated by Jane Cordery and Mailer.