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Áine Farelly

Delightfully Useless

Delightfully Useless is a body of work that questions the form and function of an object, as well as the terms in which it can also be understood as an art object.

Merchandising displays of functionless things are presented through sculptural arrangements that stage tableaux. The methods of production and processes all inform the designs of the fabricated forms. The systems of construction include handcrafting, extruding, slab building, slip casting and moulding. The detritus that resulted from this practice resolves itself in small sculptural forms, the by-products of production.

In creating faux advertisements of ‘nothing’ this work also reflects on material culture, object styling, and our need to consume. Plaster, pigment, polymer clay, latex, polyurethane foam, resin, underglaze, glaze, porcelain, Parian slip and earthenware are among the materials used to create sculptural works, or they can be conserved through the digital image.

The distinction between high art and low art is explored in the referencing of cottage industry craft and in creating replicas that have the potential for mass production. The status and value of the art object used in social media, popular culture and mainstream media are also questioned.

The synthetic colour palette elaborates an awareness of the environmental impact that a consumerist culture has on the environment.

aine-farrelly@hotmail.com
https://www.ainefarrelly.com

Delightfully Useless is a body of work that questions the form and function of an object, as well as the terms in which it can also be understood as an art...

Delightfully Useless is a body of work that questions the form and function of an object, as well as the terms in which it can also be understood as an art object.

Merchandising displays of functionless things are presented through sculptural arrangements that stage tableaux. The methods of production and processes all inform the designs of the fabricated forms. The systems of construction include handcrafting, extruding, slab building, slip casting and moulding. The detritus that resulted from this practice resolves itself in small sculptural forms, the by-products of production.

In creating faux advertisements of ‘nothing’ this work also reflects on material culture, object styling, and our need to consume. Plaster, pigment, polymer clay, latex, polyurethane foam, resin, underglaze, glaze, porcelain, Parian slip and earthenware are among the materials used to create sculptural works, or they can be conserved through the digital image.

The distinction between high art and low art is explored in the referencing of cottage industry craft and in creating replicas that have the potential for mass production. The status and value of the art object used in social media, popular culture and mainstream media are also questioned.

The synthetic colour palette elaborates an awareness of the environmental impact that a consumerist culture has on the environment.

aine-farrelly@hotmail.com
https://www.ainefarrelly.com

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