an artwork by Gemma Kearney
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
an artwork by Gemma Kearney

THE CONSTRUCTION OF MEANING

This work both playfully challenges and champions the dichotomy of belief ideologies, through iconographic tokenism. 

Viewing belief systems as the mechanisms that equip us with the means to navigate life, the work looks at what happens when opposing ideologies meet and asks if it is possible for radical or dissenting voices to exist and impact on already established and often dogmatic constructs.

Parodying the ceremonial relics that are used to articulate and strengthen aspects of such beliefs the work highlights the absurdity of objects holding such meaning and hints toward the absurdity of the beliefs themselves. Yet unquestionably such objects have the power to assert their positions over others.

So in turn the work positions itself as a contradiction- the absurdity of meaningless things possessing the ability to carry meaning, while unquestionably asserting that objects and material possess the power to do so. 

Touching on ideas of life and death, whilst taking reference from various belief systems such as popular culture, faith, politics and personal events, is a very crude attempt at homogenising the entirety of culture within the already constructed framework that is the belief of art.  

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The Construction of Meaning (component 1), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.

The Construction of Meaning (component 1), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.

 

The Construction of Meaning (component 1, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
The Construction of Meaning (component 1, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
The Construction of Meaning (component 1, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
The Construction of Meaning (component 1, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 2), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 2, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 2), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
© Gemma Kearney 2018
The Construction of Meaning (component 1, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 3), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.
an artwork by Gemma Kearney
The Construction of Meaning (component 1, detail), 2015
mixed media, dimensions variable.

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