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 moving parts, made individually by hand, combining thoughts, materials and processes, in the joyous act of creation.
the experiments with smoke vortices, colliding boxes and spark fringes explore the edges of perception and knowledge, focussing on notions of boundary, identity and definition. they are part of a large body of work that forms my doctoral research shapes of edges.
other work, from the past, or of a more random nature, add to the mix at the back of this site.

shapes of edges

i am interested in the edges of shapes, and in the shapes of edges – the defining boundaries we draw in our daily lives. the way we define and rationalise things, and how we build a relationship with the world through the intellectual creation of borders and boundaries – i find this a rich and complex aspect of conscious thought.
the experiments that are documented here in still images, direct exposures, 16mm slow motion film, sound recordings, writing and drawing, are a kind of embodied research into these notions of boundary and relation. 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 from the edges of objects – moving out from within, traversing the boundaries of their forms, and reaching out into the world. all of these experiments arise from a deep desire for understanding that rationality cannot quite satisfy, and a sense of wonder, in the beauty and unfettered freedom of natural motion and form.

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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