Exploring Human Nature by Cooory artist, Mark O’Neill.
Exploring Human Nature by Cooory artist, Mark O’Neill. Contributed

Sculptures explore human nature

AN EXHIBITION of ceramic sculpture will be opening at the Gympie Regional Gallery at noon on Saturday, March 3 to coincide with the Gallery's 14th birthday celebrations.

This exhibition by Cooroy artist Mark O'Neill, aptly titled Human Nature, conveys how human nature has many and sometimes unexpected and extreme forms, from acts of incredible kindness to acts of complete repulsion.

"Sometimes humans are just plain ugly, violent, selfish and disgusting," Mark said.

On the other hand he would like to portray the potential goodness in humanity.

Mark uses references from images sourced such as the Orcs from Lord of the Rings to create his sculptural works.

Part of his investigation is about the idea of the primitive person, so he has used images taken from ancient cultures.

He discovered that these people are not primitive at all but are in tune with their surrounds and inner life and he is interested in their relationship with what is "out there" and what might be.

Trained at the Queensland College of Art and receiving his diploma of fine arts, Mark O'Neill has been experimenting with wood firing, building special kilns to fire his ceramic pieces and using glazes that he had developed for each individual piece. Sometimes he uses mixed media such as wax, paint or cloth to add character.

As an addition to his exhibition, Mark O'Neill will be conducting a floor talk at the opening of this exhibition at 1.30pm on Saturday, March 3 to give the community an opportunity to find out more about his work and ask questions.

He will also be facilitating a sculpture workshop on Saturday, March 17 from 10am-3.30pm, showing techniques in clay modelling and casting with plaster and wax. Pre-booking and payment is essential for this workshop. Inquiries to the Gallery 5481 0733.

Gympie Times


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