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Community of the Self - Matthew O’Reilly
About the artist
Matthew O’Reilly is an emerging artist who recently completed his MFA in ceramics at the Alberta University for the Arts in Calgary. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters in Education with a specialization in social justice from LakeHead University. He is a passionate educator, as well as a formidable maker, who uses the figure and clay as a starting point for intuitive investigations of the human condition. Matthew will spend the next year investigating satirical ceramic monuments during a residency with the Medalta Centre in Medicine Hat Alberta.
This project and my current studio practice explores conceptualizing the self not as an individual, but rather, a community. One can think of this in the literal sense where we are different from moment to moment as we accumulate experience. Also, consider the biological material that makes up our material existence, it is constantly recycling and renewing to the point that the material I am composed of changes week to week, month to month, and year to year. In a more poetic sense, I am exploring the idea of us being multiple people, fighting for grip on the wheel of our motivations and actions. This project is an attempt to visually explore this idea and myself.