Kevin Gaffney

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Work

A Numbness in the Mouth

The mirror is dark and inky

Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands

Everything Disappears

Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick

The Moonless Ocean

Being In the Twofold World

Dusting

An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable

The Black Plum

 

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HD Video, Digital Photographs & Text, 2011.

The Unnameable began with story I wrote of a Boy who grows up feeding an invisible Elephant in his room. His psyche splits as he attempts to imagine life without the Elephant and we follow him through his imagination, in out of his consciousness. The project was based on the psychological experience of dissociation (leaving one’s emotional or physical reality), drawing on myths and rituals in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The experience of dissociation temporarily removes the viewer from their ego-self, and involves a re-appraisal of their reality. The title is a reference to both H.P Lovecraft and Samuel Beckett’s “Unnamables,” stories that melt in and out of reality and psychosis. The Unnameable was filmed on location in France and in an abandoned nursery for disabled children in London.

 

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..Royal College of Art, SHOW 2011.

 

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..The Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists, Wannieck Gallery, 2011.

 

 

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..RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, 2011.

Kevin Gaffney & Sally-Anne Kelly.