Alastair Mackie is a conceptual sculptor, exploring the boundaries of the conventional limits between nature and culture using sculptural interventions. Mackie uses natural materials to reveal the clichés still hampering our understanding of the relationship between man and the natural world. Organic elements, including trees, mud, wasp nests and seashells are meticulously rearranged and transformed in a knowingly quixotic attempt to put order into life’s primordial chaos.
Mackie’s sculptural practice is one of contrasts. It is labour-intensive as it is formally effortless, as grounded in ideas of nature as it is in the intrinsically human struggle to define a role within the environment; it is as intellectually ambitious as it is aesthetically understated.
He grew up in Cornwall, then studied and practised in London, before returning to live and work in Cornwall. These two worlds undoubtedly contribute to his perspective and frame his conceptual approach to working with these materials. Mackie was born in 1977 and studied at Camberwell College of Art in 1997 and City and Guilds London School in 2000.
His work has been exhibited across the UK and abroad, including exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the Wallace Collection and the Reykjavik Art Museum, whilst works held in collections include the Saatchi Collection in London, the Olbricht Collection in Berlin and the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai. In 2009 The Contemporary Art Society commissioned his first public outdoor piece ‘Mimetes Anon’ for the Economist Plaza in St. James’s, London.