James McLardy is interested in the discourse created between the appearance and authenticity of materials, through building meticulously rendered faux surfaces alongside more expressive and ebullient elements.
A disparity is created between serious, hi-art discipline evoked through specific shapes and effects, and the looseness of melted and hand-sculpted elements. Experimenting with the malleable, erratic qualities of wax enables him to create uncertain, relationships; the impermanent and changing quality of this material at odds with its often prominent inclusion in the base or support of the sculptures.
By misdirecting historical and traditional hierarchies through the production of faux surfaces, he seeks to assign grandeur as a materialist illusion. McLardy is interested in how sensation of worth, both in the discernment of the object and the perceived skill in its making can be challenged by pushing the meaning and value of each material into deliberate contradiction.