In my sculptural works, I reimagine figures from my paintings and place them in unexpected situations. I’m interested in how three-dimensional forms support bodies while simultaneously controlling them. I see it as a metaphor for our modern struggles. This power affects and works through the body.
In the sculpture ‘The Rebel’, I placed a giant pink foot on a plinth. I was interested in making something that may not be directly considered art, that had ambiguity and mysteriousness. The baby pink colour of the outer layer of the foot on closer inspection reveals a blotchy and abject surface. It appears to be both attractive and repulsive. The oversize plinth, which is part of the sculpture, suggests some kind of importance and references the history of the plinth. I wanted to emphasize the absurdity of this pairing. My goal was to seduce the audience, make them laugh, but then, think about what such a nonsensical sculptural coupling could mean.
Size – hight 290cm x width 120cm x length 195cm
Medium – paper, chicken wire, pea glue, pdf boards, timber, paint
Shown at Q.E.D. exhibition at NCAD Gallery in Dublin in March 2022