This body of work develops my ongoing interest in labour conditions under capitalism. It centres around a series of gargoyles made of white tack.
I stole this material from the office supplies of my freelance employer, and secretly sculpted them at my desk. Dozens of monsters were produced in this way. They are self-portraits: depictions of my moral bankruptcy. Their grimacing faces translate my shame at compromising ethics and creativity to meet the needs of corporate clients - contributing intellectual capital to the very system that my art practice seeks to disrupt.
For this exhibition, these monsters are transformed into a union of disembodied zombies. They are cast in bronze, modelled in a digital environment, and brought to life. Starring in a music video, the animated gargoyles sing the slogans, emails and taglines that I have written for multinational brands while employed as a freelance copywriter. Dancing through corporate lobbies and on conference tables, they sing about freedom. But their euphoric tone rings hollow: it can only be voiced through the language of capitalist alienation.
Date : 2020
Media : Sculpture, collage, HD video (9 mins)
Exhibition : Royal Society of Sculptors (London)
Credits : Oisin Byrne (singer songwriter) Adam Dewhirst (digital modeller), Pierre Tardif (creative coder), Donal Sweeney, Sam Britton, Will Worsley, Tania Auclair (sound)