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Thursday, November 06, 2014

artists statement * Life is Supported in Mysterious Ways* Solo Exhibition held at the Talbot Gallery* Dublin * July 2014


Artist Statement

Jane O’Sullivan’s work is concerned with locating a considered and careful space, a place of contemplation where she creates contexts for poignant reflection.
In a search for meaning, she wishes to express the fragility that holds us and all meaning together. This hovering space often bears much sadness , melancholy, loss and darkness.
To counteract this she chooses to be whimsical as a means to further investigation and as a valuable subjective and personal theme that runs through much of the construction of her varied works of art.
Life is Supported in Mysterious Ways is an attempt to reveal a space of “passionate silence” (a term coined by Symbolist artist Gustave Moreau) and which comes from Jane’s extensive research into and around notions of poetic space. She situates her art practice around addressing the margins and edges of reality, by creating fictional worlds and performative narratives.
Working mainly in the medium of drawing, it is sometimes shown alongside experimental filmed elements, re-appropriated found objects and handmade artists books and zines, and through these mediums she has formulated a meta /alter reality and language of her own making.
Her most recent works, A deeper exploration of fragility, love and loss and Holding a Space have helped to prepare the ground for a more in depth and ambitious engagement with her subject matter.
As a development to her work Jane will make a 3minute handmade animation using analogue methods which she will construct entirely in house using her valuable store of found objects (including photographs, ornaments, fabrics and papers) with collected footage of shadows, film stills and new material.
A fully detailed storyboard is being drawn out in which the film’s content is organised alongside the technical needs of the films construction.
The film will allow her to go deeper into the realms of her subject matter as an extension and refuge for the many fragile and poetic moments addressed.
A strong association between images and related objects is important so that a series of sensitive constellations (an installation) of handmade elements, drawings,and prop ephemera emerge from the filmmaking process.                                                                                                                                 Her work is inspired by a wide cross section of influences from Symbolist and Outsider art, the Foucaultian idea of the heterotopia, ,the Occult tradition of the Etheric body as an exploration of eternal. Also personal artistic or visionary investigations into Phenomena(Blake, afKlint, Redon, Kubin, Dzama,Starewitch, Wulff, Anster- Fitzgerald) alongside Victorian notions of sentimentality, particularly their language of flowers, as well as pastoral folklore etiquette and traditions.                                                                    Jane O'Sullivan                                                                                                                                                                                            2014 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Galway market, my love and constant friend

galway market if you would like to buy some affordable art, you can !!! I have a range of cards which feature drawings from my huge archive of work over the years. They are digital images taken from original drawings and cost 3.50 euros and you get an envelope too ! I am there on a saturday only.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

working away , glad to be alive in this wonderful world with such wonderful friends and and family

a passionate silence
white stoneware ceramic, glass dome , paper rose and woven fabric
I am constructing a proper web page to collect the images of my recent solo exhibition Life is Supported in Mysterious Ways.
Details soon.
untitled yet
white stoneware ceramic painted after firing with watercolour

this piece was made before the pieces that I included in the show really started to take shape.It is I suppose an out take , an extra, yet it has its own importance, it is part of a whole., I recently gave it to a friend.
The weather is so magical, how much longer will it hold on before the winter must enivitably come.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

back soon , for real xx

biteen distracted at the mo with so much to do.....where to start etc etc etc etc etc ....
really looking forward to being a woman of substance soon.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

we are the substance of our lives

front cover of my book

I am making an edition of 15 artists books for the upcoming Dublin Zine Fair.
It is on this weekend , I will only be there on the sunday as I have to do my market stall in Galway on the saturday.
we are the substance of our lives is a long drawing made on an old linen altar cloth that I was given ,as I am often given old materials with which to make the clothes that I sell on my market stall on saturdays in Galway.
The  book will have a pull out printed version of the long drawing , a concertina book so to speak. It will be small , around A6 in size , an intimate and beloved object , I may write a piece within it on my manual typewriter.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Dublin Zine Fair 2014 !!

details

I am SO looking forward to this !
myself and miss ShelkyBean , will be in attendance on the Sunday only , with some lovely considered and highly magical fare.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Life is Supported in Mysterious Ways

image from artist book holding a space
glass slide
part of installation Life is Supported in Mysterious Ways

I am in the process of gathering a lovely selection of images and words for a special post on my current solo exhibition. Unfortunately my poor computor is not cooperating as it is feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment, with memory problems etc. So do call back and if you are not afraid of f.b you can see a little of what keeps me away from here. I look forward to making much more considered piece soon. Jane x
event page
gallery page
my other f.b page