Rooney is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice transforms the quality of a space with the personality of the characters she projects into it. The audience is invited to slip into the skin of these figures, in immersive environments which can be filled with drawings, paintings, sculptures, audio and light based works.
‘I always tend to shy away from conventional display methods like plinths, because they seem to belong so strongly to the world of sales and I think I am always trying to lure my audience into some kind of world where they can forget about such things. I think of these installations as one single work, with many parts. A type of story-telling with objects. There is always a character involved. She’s always been drawn from a mix of personal experiences and the acute observation of woman in public situations (in transit, art parties, openings, at the nail salon, at bars and clubs at the places I have waitressed at). The characters are also drawn from memory, semi-biographical at times. I am always trying to create a specific feeling with each installation. To draw you, the viewer, into some kind of space outside of the universe or outside your computer, your bed, your scene... for me it’s about weaving things together and creating a space where different positions and experiences can exist at the same time in a network of complex relations. Not to describe the complexity but be able to look at it all and get closer to the real through a certain kind of irresponsibility… Somewhere in the making process the words come but the sculptures always have to exist in some way before that can happen. The words usually flow out quickly, late at night when the feeling is almost violent, like untangling all the various codes and your desires …if you push hard enough, maybe you can bring down the whole house…’ (excerpts from interview with Eva Folks 2014)
Image: Megan Rooney, (X) A Fantasy_EVERYWHEREBEENTHERE_2017
Dates & times
|15 Nov 2017||5:30pm - 7:00pm|
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