SEA ROPE   - Pencil on Fabriano Paper - 2017 - 60cm x 80cm

SEA ROPE - Pencil on Fabriano Paper - 2017 - 60cm x 80cm

AWAY AT SEA   - Pencil on Fabriano Paper - 2017 - 60cm x 80cm

AWAY AT SEA - Pencil on Fabriano Paper - 2017 - 60cm x 80cm

WHEN WAVES WERE HORSES  -  Pencil On Paper - 2016

WHEN WAVES WERE HORSES - Pencil On Paper - 2016

BREATHING IN THE GREEN - Pencil on Paper - 2016

They Kept You In The Dark

Pencil and paper, 2012

4ft 5" x 3ft 5"

2012

Persistent Notion

Pencil and paper, 2012

4ft 5" x 3ft 10"

2012

These two pieces were completed as part of a project during a residency at Belmont Mill, Artists Studios in Co. Offaly. The residency was awarded to Strawbridge-O'Hagan shortly after graduating from IADT with a 1st Class Honours Degree.

The two primary pieces completed during the residency involve issues of social anxiety, anxiety disorders and our sense of self within a community, particularly when entering a new one. They focus on our tendency to become introverted when external pressure becomes overwhelming or when our own internal battles leave us lost within ourselves. These difficulties can lead to the inability to properly engage with the outside world or to see ourselves in an objective light.

The constrictive nature of such a circumstance can sometimes create alternative realities for those involved. Leaving them without the ability to distinguish between what is real and what is imaginary.

The Experience Has Been Suspended Indefinitely

Six Drawings: Pencil on Paper (  L 7ft approx x W 3ft approx each ) 2012

Curiosity is always enhanced when the object of that curiosity has been denied to the curious. Attempted prevention is the most effective encouragement. The desire to see what is unseen and to discover what is yet unknown increases with the knowledge that it is unobtainable.

The Experience has been Suspended Indefinitely shows a group of people caught in the moment of beholding something. A captivated barrier, the sight which is entrancing them is unseen by everyone else. They are all standing transfixed by the same view or subject, which the real viewer will never see and will therefore only ever be able to imagine.

 

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