Kentucky, USA


FLAWLESS (2012) Galen Olmsted

collage on paper, 33 x 48 cms

Galen Olmsted's elaborate arrangement of glistening diamonds and jewels project desires for wealth and beauty. However, the wearer is absent; instead the scene is populated by mosquitoes, with their own colour offering a certain beauty to the viewer, albeit mixed with repulsion. Olmsted uses collage to illuminate the underpinnings of his process, highlighting what is buried beneath his ideas. The hectic conglomerations focus on the obsessions and self-doubt that often plague the artist.




Belfast, Northern Ireland


CONSUMMATION (2012) Patrick Colhoun

Digital collage, 59 x 42 cms

Combining photography and studio sketches, ceramic artist Patrick Colhoun employs the technique of collage to demonstrate the thinking process behind his object-making, from initial planning stages to completed sculptures and gallery installations. The digital collage offers a strong presentation of Colhoun's entire practice and highlighs the effective use of collage to market a brand, in this case contemporary sculpture.




Cork, Ireland


STRANGE PAIN (2013) Fion Gunn. Book, pins and paint. 21 x 14.5 x 12 cms

In her early 20s, Fion Gunn lived in France and, keen to her improve her language skills, she read ‘Justine’ by the Marquis de Sade. Initially repulsed by the horrors of sadism and masochism, 30 years later, Gunn has become interested in the era of enlightenment and revolutionary France, now as she comprehends de Sade’s distressing life; it leads to a re-evaluation of his works and his predilections. Gunn now reflects upon them with greater sadness than horror, acknowledging the tragedy that people who are attracted to pain (and its infliction) are usually people who have suffered great pain in their childhood years and are often doomed to repeat their experiences. However, de Sade remains a challenge for feminists and right-wingers alike, a disturbing narrator of inner addictions which challenge authority at the most primal level. Gunn’s collage ‘Strange Pain’ has been created from her own copy of ‘Justine’ and the glue will forever bind it together, never to be opened again.   









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