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Ieiunium Phasianis

“Ieiunium Phasianis”, is a series of work which talks about hybridization (the process of combining different varieties of organisms to create a hybrid). The series includes three variations of “Ieiunium Phasianis” (Fast Pheasant), each variation getting closer to the moment where this hybrid takes flight. Pheasants are birds who find it difficult to take off at an ideal pace, but it appears as though the legs of a rabbit will speed up their hopes for escape. The idea of survival of the fittest, an element that exists everywhere on earth is also evident. I use this piece as a metaphor, referring to intricacies within humanity such as science, emigration and integration.
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I have a dream…

“I have a dream…” speaks a great deal about history, but not just the history of the red and grey squirrels here in Ireland, the history of war, culture and race today, here on earth. The pearls in the bonsai tree are used as a metaphor to represent what goes on in the world on a day to day basis and to suggest the similarities of the animal world and ours. We are always fighting over something, whether it be squirrels in a quarrel over fruit and nuts or the human race in a frenzy over oil and gas.
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Wunderkammer

My sculpture “Wunderkammer”, again, talks about hybridization. It contains many classified elements that could produce a new hybrid or cryptid form. Time is also referenced, the length of time it would take for one thing to gradually evolve into another. The golden hooves on the calf legs refer to the religious story of the “Golden calf”. The piece as a whole demonstrates the battle between evolution and religion.
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