Sample-Studios visual Arts Programme TACTIC presents an exhibition of work by Aoife Claffey. In today’s world, rapid developments in transportation, communication and media are seen as progressive. However, they also exacerbate the fracturing and destabilisation of society. Societal structures appear to be dissolving through the acceleration of technologies.
Claffey creates immersive environments for sensory stimulation. Reflective and translucent objects shift with transparent layers of imagery and sound transforming unexpectedly each time the work is experienced. By manipulating the physical properties of sound and vision she aims to provide an ambiguous space for the viewer to recall the peripheral, a space that is in the midst of current, perpetual transformation; a non-space.
Her work examines Irish transportation systems and locations utilising associated materials and objects. This is to explore how global capitalism continues to consume us. In a world of disposable products the relationship binding humans to such objects has become increasingly tenuous and the ontological status of material things are reduced to either pure sensory stimulation or hallucination of identity.
During the process of making she often allows activity to go beyond, or transcend, her control. Physiological and psychological tensions between chaos and order are encouraged both during the making, and within the work to evoke uncanny effect or altered cognitive states. Using projection, found objects, motors and surround sound as agents for political and social change she hopes to communicate the idea that history has a tendency of repeating itself if regulations are not put into place. Her installations aim to critique social and political systems by encompassing notions of unpredictability, fragility and movement.
Aoife Claffey is an Irish Installation Artist. Claffey is currently undertaking an MA in Art & Process in the Crawford College of Art and Design and is a current member of both Cork Printmakers and Sample Studios.