damian massey

damian massey

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Stoke-on-trent

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Demonstrating an interest in human culture, our relationships towards factory-made objects and the natural environment is an area of great controversy. I investigate the impact human waste has on the natural environment via sculptural form. By exploring the physical environment its context and form, together with the desire to unpick and embrace the relationships people have with man-made objects. I attempt to challenge and rediscover the connections that remain in our own urban environments, by using human waste as a way of signifying the damage human culture is having on surrounding wildlife.

Driven by process, all the objects present have been congregated from local gardens, bins, alley ways and nearby forests. These items are no longer seen as an asset within human culture due to their removal. The engineering properties are no longer of importance to me, more so the potential of what these objects could become is more significant. I will bend, strip, sometimes destroy the objects original value to form new relationships between human and object. I convert the objects into natural forms inspired by plants, insects, microbes and other natural wildlife to create a sense of belonging in a human location. By exaggerating different body parts, each form adapts to their individual environments, allowing for the locations of these structures to be diverse. In essence, its important for the viewer to not only recognise the origins of the pallet but to gain a new perspective on the damage poor disposal of human waste has on the diverse natural population.

Colour is applied as a distraction, its not important for the work to have an element of beauty as I’m more interested in the way colour controls the eye of the viewer and how it persuades them to interact with the sculpture. An element of carelessness is played out during the application of colour. I never have a preconceived notion on what i want the layer of skin to look like. To me it’s an element of fun and by using different variations of tones and pattern, i want to convey this passion towards my audience as an expressive fingerprint

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Demonstrating an interest in human culture, our relationships towards factory-made objects and the natural environment is an area of great controversy. I investigate the impact human waste has on the natural environment via sculptural form. By exploring the physical environment its context and form, together with the desire to unpick and embrace the relationships people have with man-made objects. I attempt to challenge and rediscover the connections that remain in our own urban environments, by using human waste as a way of signifying the damage human culture is having on surrounding wildlife.

Driven by process, all the objects present have been congregated from local gardens, bins, alley ways and nearby forests. These items are no longer seen as an asset within human culture due to their removal. The engineering properties are no longer of importance to me, more so the potential of what these objects could become is more significant. I will bend, strip, sometimes destroy the objects original value to form new relationships between human and object. I convert the objects into natural forms inspired by plants, insects, microbes and other natural wildlife to create a sense of belonging in a human location. By exaggerating different body parts, each form adapts to their individual environments, allowing for the locations of these structures to be diverse. In essence, its important for the viewer to not only recognise the origins of the pallet but to gain a new perspective on the damage poor disposal of human waste has on the diverse natural population.

Colour is applied as a distraction, its not important for the work to have an element of beauty as I’m more interested in the way colour controls the eye of the viewer and how it persuades them to interact with the sculpture. An element of carelessness is played out during the application of colour. I never have a preconceived notion on what i want the layer of skin to look like. To me it’s an element of fun and by using different variations of tones and pattern, i want to convey this passion towards my audience as an expressive fingerprint

Career stage
Senior
Industries
Advertising and Marketing Communications, Design, Digital, Fine art, Visual Arts
My skills
Creative Drawing and Illustration, Fine Art/Artworker, Sculpture
Job Roles
3D Artist, Sculptor

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Sep 2013 - Jun 2016

Fine Art - Ba(Hons)
Staffordshire University

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Advertising and Marketing Communications, Architecture, Design, Facilities, Visual Arts
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