Brendan O'Shaughnessy, MFA 2024

Thesis Exhibition: March 27-30 

Reception: March 29, 6-8 pm 


Vittasome, 2024, gelatin, glycerin, water, 144"x 36".
Implants, 2024, gelatin, glycerin, water, soy wax, 18" x 7".

Artist Statement 

Drawing references from haute couture, industrial livestock production, body modification, and the Catholic Eucharist, I propose new ecologies that transgress the boundaries between nature/unnature, human/nonhuman, and host/parasite. Engaging the senses of taste, smell, and sight, I invite viewers to indulge in these ecologies. Made with materials such as gelatin, petrochemicals, and algae, my playfully menacing sculptures function as specimens imbued with perverse beauty. My practice is driven by concerns of climate change, technoscience, and luxury consumerism. Why do we seek pleasure at the expense of ethics? How do we perceive what is natural and what is artificial in our increasingly troubled world? 

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