Carol Anne McChrystal’s materially-driven sculpture practice uses chemical processes and labor-intensive hand-making to explore the legacy of colonialism and trade, as well as the ways in which the climate catastrophe has compounded these histories of inequity. Inhabiting the tension between Earth’s immense history and the absurdly mundane everyday experience of plastic and labor, her practice consolidates the painstakingly hand-made with mass-produced consumables in order to pry open a speculative space in which to resist the means-ends rationale of late capitalism.
Her work has been exhibited at Asukal Space, Avenue 50 Studio, and Acogedor among others. She has participated in numerous residency programs, including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik. As part of the collaborative duo Nightmare City, she has created immersive environments that have been exhibited at Alter Space in San Francisco, The Luminary in St. Louis, and Horse & Pony in Berlin among others, and has shown video works at Essex Flowers in New York, MASS Gallery in Austin, and ACRETV in Chicago. Her work has been written about in publications such as ArtForum and Modern Painters. McChrystal’s own writing has been published on the critical arts platform Art Practical, and she recently published a collection of poetry titled, “Entropical Latitudes.”
Born into the dual diaspora of the Philippines and Ireland, she currently lives and works in Los Angeles.