Kira O’Brien

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“My work has a sculptural yet functional element to it and encompasses a sense of traditional ceramic techniques. Within this tradition is the art of storytelling and symbols which evoke certain sentiments and nostalgia but also a sense of the present environment. This environment is psychological and therefore each piece points to emotions within the narrative.

My present work is currently narrated by the symbol of the chair.
How does one define a simple thing like the chair? What makes the chair, a chair? As James Joyce says in A Portrait of a young man, “Is a chair conceived as a work of tragic or comic art?”
No other object forcefully shapes the physical, social and emotional dimensions of our lives. On the chair seats only one person at a time and responds to the body through comfort. It has a communicative function and offers a glimpse into our collective ideas about that sense of comfort and order.
One can imagine the world from a persons’ perspective as it communicates compassion. Just as its absence communicates disrespect, lack of empathy and loss, whether this loss is a physical or emotional one.” Kira O’Brien

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Kira O’Brien: The Sleepers, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 14cm

Kira O’Brien: The Sleepers, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 14cm

Kira O’Brien: The Meeting, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 12x15x26cm

Kira O’Brien: The Meeting, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 12x15x26cm

Kira O’Brien: The Conversation, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 24cm

Kira O’Brien: The Conversation, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 24cm

Kira O’Brien: The Attic, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 40x8x8cm

Kira O’Brien: The Attic, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 40x8x8cm

Kira O’Brien: chair, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 30x13x13cm

Kira O’Brien: chair, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 30x13x13cm

Kira O’Brien: Bound, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 34x10x10cm

Kira O’Brien: Bound, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 34x10x10cm

Kira O’Brien: Blue Lady, 2011, Sgraffito, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 40cm

Kira O’Brien: Blue Lady, 2011, Sgraffito, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 40cm

Kira O’Brien: Anonymous, 2011, Sgraffito, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 35cm

Kira O’Brien: Anonymous, 2011, Sgraffito, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 35cm

Kira O’Brien: Absent, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 30x18x15cm

Kira O’Brien: Absent, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 30x18x15cm

Kira O’Brien: The Night, 2011, Wall Platter, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 35cm

Kira O’Brien: The Night, 2011, Wall Platter, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 35cm

Kira O’Brien: Apple, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 20x8x12cm

Kira O’Brien: Apple, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 20x8x12cm