Class of 2023 • Sculpture

Eric O Sullivan

Eric O Sullivan
Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


My work utilises geometric bodies, industrial materials and saturated red light to create landscapes of material which engage and activate the space in which they reside.Being the son of a labourer, I grew up on construction sites, unfinished and un-realised spaces. Exposed to an extensive set of construction materials from a young age I naturally garnered an understanding and admiration for this subject matter. My extensive use of steel and geometric forms derive themselves from this upbringing.These materials morph into ideas around fluidity and movement which conflicts with their intrinsic values. Large bars of metal contort to bothsoft, and elaborate curves which flow throughout the space it occupies. This allows us to rethink these materials as perhaps forms which hold potential as hosts for creative input and not simply as products for structure and integrity.I fuse these steel bodies with deep red light which acts as a tool to paint the spaces and forms which it comes in contact with. The red hue allows itself to separate from its surrounding and engage with the steel on which it flows upon creating a beautiful cursive scene.This pairing of the tangible and intangible to unveil these landscapes of light and steel creates a beautifully symbiotic partnership between these two heavily contrasting bodies of material that are now bound to each other within these sculptures.
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