Margaret O’Brien

2008 - 2011

Sea of Unknowing

Sea of Unknowing

Margaret O’Brien’s practice refers to a psychological in-between space, one that exists between the private and public personas, and the self and others. This is an intangible, insecure space, fragile and changeable in the extreme. It alludes to psychological conditions such as obsessive behavioural patterns, paranoia, a compulsion to control, isolation, alienation, agoraphobia, claustrophobia etc.

O’Brien draws her inspiration from the everyday, the familiar and the domestic environment. In recreating objects or spaces that we encounter on a daily basis, she replaces their normally functional or benign fundamentals with an element of malfunction or mishap.

O’Brien’s practice is multidisciplinary and location is fundamental to her concerns. She uses installation as a material through which the emotive experience of a space is manipulated to create a disorientating psychological environment. The spaces she interferes with become highly sensory experiences. Using devices such as sporadic sound, live malfunction, scale, and the multiple, the psyche of the viewer is affected through an involuntary, sensory response to the work.

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Long Goodbye

Long Goodbye