Gain and Cost, 2015Concrete, wood, steel, pigmentDimensions variable

Carla Edwards examines how dominant culture and its artifacts shape our sense of identity and self. Through appropriation, manipulation, and reconfiguration, the artist’s material interventions alter the meaning of an original subject. At Socrates Sculpture Park, the artist cast a series of concrete grottos to create a sacred, seemingly mythological site. The area surrounding this statuary is landscaped in detail, but the grottos have been left empty, creating a void for the public to project – and possibly even offer – their own devotional objects. Drawing from the grotto as a space for personal ritual, Gain and Cost examines the relationship between personal identity, closely held belief, and artifact.

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