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ROUND IN CIRCLES: a project by Martina O'Shea

For my first collaboration as part of Remarkable and Curious Conversations I asked members to send me a sentence about what drives them Round in Circles. This could be a psychological thing, it could be a person, it could be an argument topic, it could be something you forgot to do last week, the list goes on! The answers I have received have been thought provoking, amusing and intriguing.

The aim of this project is to form a body of work in which the common vein is circles, so each image will have a circular element to it. There is also a circular aspect in the way that I am making the work in that I ask the question, I'm given the answers, and with the answers I interpret them in my own way and make individual pieces of art which complete the circle.

The artists who have contributed are Tineke Bruijnzeels, Marco Cali, Alison Carter Tai, Claire Deniau, Theodore Hill, Patrick Jeffs, Pippa Koszerek, Philip Lee, Dan Lovelace, Lorraine Pepper-McCrudden, Roger Perkins, Ann Rapstoff, Joan Skelton Smith, Cally Trench, Imogen Welch, and Mary Yacoob,

The Laundry Rooms by Martina O'Shea

Martina O'Shea, The Laundry Rooms (2010)
Colour photograph

"Eleven years ago we moved into a house that needed quite a bit of attention. Now I realise there should be counselling sessions offered by estate agents to analyse what sort of homeowner you will be and warn indecisive and less motivated people from taking on restoration projects. Our 'new kitchen' is still in the planning stage; we just go round and round."

From reading this text, I imagined this person must have spent some time in the laundrette, considering their kitchen is still in the 'planning stage'. We all know how boring sitting in the laundrette waiting for your clothes to dry can be. So with this in mind, I created a playful scene in which I got two models to jump in the dryers in a local laundrette and move their legs as if they were cycling a bike, except in this instance I created a human wash cycle.

Clockhead by Martina O'Shea

Martina O'Shea, Clockhead (2010)
Colour photograph

"Lack of sleep"

When thinking of how we as human beings need sleep in order to function properly and how sleep deprivation can make a person feel on another wavelength literally, I decided to work with the idea of sleep deprivation. I started this project by getting Philip to stay awake 24 hours and on the 24th hour being painted white by Cally, which to me represents how I feel when I'm sleep deprived - zoned out, slightly fuzzy, virginal and invincible. By replacing his head with a clock, I played with the idea that we are all time slaves whether we like it or not! 'Life is but a dream'

Yes/no  
 by Martina O'Shea

Martina O'Shea, Yes/no (2010)
Colour photograph

"Negativism drives me round in circles."

At the other side of the negative coin lies positivity; when trapped in the endless cycle of negativism it's important to remember this.

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