Caroline Mak: Overflow

 By performing and enacting a series of repetitive and transformative actions " whether it is painstakingly braiding and knotting lengths of PVC tubing, or tearing and gnawing through slabs of foam " through the physicality of her actions, English artist Caroline Mak bestows upon the material an ability to further decay, multiply or spread beyond its original confines. The systems that emerge in her installations contain references to disciplines ranging from topography, biology and the decorative arts. Natural processes are translated, reflected and re-created in her installations. Caroline Mak's background in science remains vital in her approach to art: she does not make work about science, but is still very much aware of the impact that biological systems have on our everyday existence. This is evident in her practice through the use of biomorphic forms and references to self-organizing systems; whether it is the model of a spreading disease that is alluded to, or the spread of marine algae.