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Laurence O'Toole, Artist in Residence 2019

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Artist Statement: O'Toole's practice responds to the environment, its preservation, and the dilemmas that arise when considering our place in the universe. The work examines the interface between art and science, it considers alternate histories, temporality and systems of control. O'Toole expresses this by exploring the compression of astronomical distances and timescales relative to the human experience. He uses multidisciplinary methods to establish a connection with nature and develop a relationship with cosmic cycles. He experiments with a wide range of media and materials, from the domestic and abject to highly crafted metalwork. Looking for a counter narrative to our current economic model that reflects scientific reality and subverts destructive systems, he initiates a reconnection with nature and its eternal cycle. He invites the viewer to reflect upon the environment and the unnatural forces that affect it.

Biography: O'Toole originally studied graphic design and photography at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, graduated in 1990 and worked in design and advertising for 4 years. He started up a custom motorbike workshop with some friends and gravitated to metal fabrication and light engineering. After working in this field for several years he returned to college to study art at IT Carlow's Wexford Campus where he graduated with first class honours in 2014. After 3 years of working for other artists and galleries while trying to get his own practice off the ground, he decided to consolidate his practice by committing to an MA course. He graduated from the Art and Process MA at Crawford College of Art and Design in December of 2018 with a first class degree.