Piles of BarbarismMatthew O'Reilly
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This body of work seeks to continue the interrogation of the self in order to perhaps stumble upon larger truths about us. Lately, Matthew has particularly interested in the inner conflicts that contradict the self as a homogeneous thing that we express agency over. Rather, perhaps a person is best conceptualized as a collection of individual competing selves that want and need different things. Matthew asks sculptural questions of figurative objects; how does the meaning change when one stacks, piles, places close, further away, makes big, and relationship to the small? He asks these sculptural questions to inspire thought about ‘how we relate to’, whether it be to ourselves, or each other.
Working between ceramics and sculpture, my studio practice uses the sculpted figure as a launching pad for conversation about the human condition. I am particularly concerned with subverting sculptural embodiments of masculinity, and exploring the tension between the collective and individuals. I employ the grotesque in my armoury of satire in order to rupture the boundaries of what we ‘know’. I do this by dissecting the body into distorted fragments that come back together to solicit curiosity and repulsion. I aim to make reflexive work that pushes, pulls, and complicates dialogues around identity. Ceramics, metal working, readymades paint and plaster processes are used as sites for intuitive investigation of the body.
Learn more about Matthew O’Reilly: www.mattheworeilly.ca
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