Áine Kelly

This work explores the playful dialogue between sculpture and photography. The process begins with simple flat materials, which are manipulated into spatial objects by folding, cutting and sewing. They are captured using a photographic scanner which in turn becomes a digital echo of the traditional photogram process. Further manipulation of the scans are done in post processing, involving compositing, layering and removing evidence of thread which aids some of the sculptures forms. This heightens the ambiguity of depth and creates impossible structures that appear to suspend in space. They depict elements of real and unreal simultaneously. There is a cyclic journey from flat materials into spatial objects and back into the flat plane of the photographic image. The work displays an interaction between light, material and form from a photographic perspective. This dialogue reveals what can be lost and gained during the photographic image making process.