Orla Courtney

Orla Courtney


My present studio work is concerned with the conversation around mental health issues and my sculptures and photographs are a direct conversation with the internal and external landscapes, evoking the human form to reference our uncertainty or anxiety.
In casting the body in abstract terms, I am trying to create an existence in the absence, I reference mythology as way to describe a psychological truth, one that reveals something about the idiosyncrasies of the human condition.

I aim to create an opportunity to gain insight and observe, to create a connection between the viewer and the work, one that resonates with our own innermost being and reality.
It is creative endeavour that is born out of my own experiences and in many ways is an act of meditation. Through my wide-ranging use of sculptural processes, I try to exploit the properties of my materials, painting and casting fabric with jesmonite and plaster to contemplate the relationship between strength and vulnerability.


Course: fine art

Year: 2021

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