22 May Found Object Eco Sculptures at Art, Craft & Design Level 5 Exhibition
Abigail O Shea“My found object sculpture consists a combination of styrofoam, toothpicks, and woodglue. The styrofoam was provided by a friend of mine. She bought 40 styrofoam rings online and they all arrived broken and insalvageable. When I began building, I had no idea or plan in my mind, just an urge to utilise the smooth curves of the broken styrofoam rings.”
“I was inspired to make the angel while watching a documentary on well established found object sculptors. From a vague image in my head I made a maquette in air drying clay, which I then used as a guide for the full size sculpture. I chose alcohol and soft drink cans to make a kind of ironic statement. The piece consists of approximately 250 individual metal “feathers” held together with cyanoacrylate adhesive. The construction involved a lot of trial and error, and took much longer than I anticipated but I was happy with the end result.”
Gerard O Callagahn
Inspired by a walk into a scottish open air sculpture park, Ger stuck rusted tools into a timber plank, and glued little figurine under them.
Sarah HopkinsonSheets of rusted metal found on the beach, bound together on a wooden frame make this timeless shield.
Murrough O DonovanA found keyboard with only 5 keys left A, L O, N, E stuck into a pile of rocks.
Regina Lili BaumgartLiving on Sherkin Island and her usual finds while walking on the beach: nets, wires, plastic lobster traps and bottles, flip flops and styrofoam and all sorts of plastic trash pulled together into floating sculptures as a reminder that the sea brings back our discarded throws.
Maria Strickner“sleep with a clean conscience” is the expression that inspired Maria to make her sea dedicated pillow. Printed in light blue patterns, embroided whales and plastic bits found on the beach stitched on. The pillow has a surprise for you, if you turn it you find that the pillow is stuffed with the found trashed and hold in place by a fishing net cover.
Ana Maria Surdu“Little sculptures made from fish bones glued together, oysters, threads of seaweed, barnacles and stones. All found on my walks on different West Cork beaches, inlets and bays. A sense of a threatening defense, yet so vulnerable and beautiful as nature is.”
Tomas O ReganA twisted figurine rising among plastic cups and bottles, wires stiking out of its body, a tortured message of present times.
Finola MurphyStyrofoam arms and legs attached to a plastic bottle body that displays the inner parts of a cassette player. Finola’s lil Stuart is fun and interactive, change tracks by pushing his button teeth.
A coquette little lady with a dress made of an old metal lamp, found buttons fringes and a full feathered waist. She raises her pink party wire hands around a hinged face topped with a sparkling hairdo.
Sarah Magnier WhooleyA fast growing tree from used wire out of a tomato can, branching from an old scarf and budding with corks.
“I’m spinning around” moss world with a plastic buoy core on top of a traffic cone covered in twine and wearing an amazing atmospheric bubble with leaves.
A papier mache dragon masterpiece, in a greek academic outfit, holding a plastic bottle skull spilling net in one hand and raising a cage with a mocking bird in the other. If…else conditioned message.
Eileen O Regan
“A personal tragedy, represented by the international crime scene symbol, led me to thoughts of life’s possibilities. The springs beneath the plastic represent the winding roads we encounter in our lives. The variety of colours and shoes represent the wide range of emotions we experience during life’s travels.”