Cassie Paine is a Sculpture and Installation Artist and Printmaker whose work reflects on the functional and authoritative role tools hold within our society. Her work investigates urban planning strategies, systems in place to control automotive and pedestrian traffic, and distinctions between public and private places.
Paine holds a BFA with an honourable mention from OCAD University (2018). She is a current MFA Candidate in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University and the 2019 recipient of the Dave McGary Memorial Award in Fine Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include The Brick Archive, Art Mûr (Montreal 2019) and Unsigned, Coldstream Fine Art (Toronto 2018). Recent group exhibitions include I Know What You Are But What Am I, Ignite Gallery (Toronto 2018) and Fresh Paint/New Construction, Art Mûr (Montreal 2018).
I have an urban planning and site-responsive based practice which relies on observing city systems and municipal infrastructures.
Through my research, I meticulously analyze the relationship between urban landscapes and pedestrians through the personal observation of people in public space and through one on one conversations with local residents. To assess the influence of surrounding infrastructures, I compare promotional site plans for residential development, city council minutes reflecting changes to municipal bylaws, as well as cartographic archives and the history of the sites.
This systematic analysis allows me to identify the authority signified through infrastructures of public space, including how benches, bricks, signage, construction equipment, and buildings communicate the desires of developers and anticipate the needs of their surrounding community. Once I’ve identified the authority embedded within everyday infrastructures, I adopt coded materials used in construction to create object-based works and interventions. By altering regulatory objects to diminish their signified authority, I make them more approachable to the pedestrian, and reveal underlying power structures. My methodology reveals how these objects influence the pedestrians’ engagement in their urban surroundings. At the same time, this method challenges me to examine mundane aspects of the environment critically.