Danielle O’Brien

Spout (2014)
mixed media; magazine, metal, enamel, silicone, wood
21 x 13 x 2 in.

Made from fleshy fragments, slimy entrails, and artificial simulacra, this work warrants a strong, visceral response. Sensory perception guides the seemingly haphazard playing and synthesizing of scavenged cut up magazines into imaginary machines and contraptions. A recognition and analysis of a variety of stimuli—imagery of meat, bacteria, flesh, plastic, and metal, occurs to arrive at notions of the body, the grotesque, and machinery. Straddling the two and three dimensional worlds, these flush, contrived collages are mounted on intricately cut wood and conjoined with mechanical parts and domestic articles to provoke thoughts of function and interactivity.