sean o’connell
jewellery, metal, and experiments in force and form.

i am compelled to make – it is a way of making sense of the world.
the jewellery here is clean and minimal, often with fiddly moving parts, made individually by hand, combining thoughts and materials and processes in the joyous and dirty act of creation.
the experiments with smoke vortices and colliding boxes and spark fringes explore perception and knowledge – through boundary, identity and definition. they are part of a large body of emerging work that will someday form my doctoral research shapes of edges.
other work, from the past, of a disconnected nature, or from the unfashionable fringes of craftiness, add to the mix.

shapes of edges

i am interested in the edges of shapes, and even more importantly, in the shapes of edges. the way we define and rationalise things, and how we build a relationship with the world through the intellectual creation of borders and boundaries – one of the most intriguing and problematic aspects of contemporary western thought.
the experiments that are documented here in still images, 16mm slow motion film, and sound recordings, are a kind of embodied research into these notions of boundary and relation, through force and form. smoke rings take shape in fluid motion, rolling in upon themselves, sustaining their short, but unique, lifespans. dramatic collisions of hollow metal boxes reveal violent negotiations of force, in the folds of crumpled sheet steel. electrical spark discharges extend out through the edges of objects, reaching beyond their boundaries, towards a broader, more connective relation with the world. these experiments arise from the desire to see the world in a more complex and embedded way, and to connect to something greater than the singular self.

perhaps we are the same person
maybe there are no boundaries
maybe we all flow into each other,
boundlessly and magnificently….

fanny and alexander, ingmar bergman

night labour in my metalwork studio in bundeena, just south of sydney, surrounded by the heathlands of the royal national park….

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