An International Queer Art Project & Collective ~ Connecting, promoting and creating platforms for queer artists.
ARTIST: JAMES ROBERT MORRISON
After graduating from my MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2002, I worked in a central London commercial art gallery for 3 years. Following this I moved into the public sector, where over the past 14 years I have worked for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Arts Council England and the UK Government Art Collection (where I am currently employed part-time). In January 2019, after a 17-year hiatus, I went back into the studio to continue my art practice in London.
Exploring, investigating and mapping the journey to an understanding and acceptance of my sexuality, my work has a playful nature that discusses this personal matter with an honesty and openness.
The use of repetition, line and embroidery are important recurring elements in my work – repetition reinforces the imagery, creating a rhythm and pattern; outlines (sometimes delicate, sometimes strong) reflects the feeling of being an outsider who is delicate but strong; and embroidery is an emotional, physically enduring task that is procedural and repetitive, just like the sexual act itself.
Stiofan O'Ceallaigh is a multi-media artist and curator born in Ireland, currently working between the USA and Europe. O'Ceallaigh is also founder of Balaclava.Q - An international Queer Arts Project & Collective (Established 2016) .
Working internationally, exhibiting mainly across Europe and N/S. America O'Ceallaigh's focus is an exploration of the understanding of a queer aesthetic, if indeed, there is one.
A personal journey, and an acknowledgement to the status flux, O'Ceallaighs work seeks to emancipate those who know it, simply by promoting discourse around areas such as HIV, queer art censorship, body politic and internalised shame/stigma>pride, and fundamentally an effort to reduce hate... in all its forms. View all posts by Stiofan O'Ceallaigh