Ideas of material identity were a heavy influence for
O’Sullivan’s works. ‘I Luv You 24/7’ is constructed from hand
sewn teddy bears or inside outs which are a signature to her
work. The teddy bear is adorned with 605 love heart sweets
varying in shades of pinks and peaches and pale greens. The
sweets read messages such as ‘I Surrender’, ‘Forever Yours,’ ‘I
Love Harry’ and ‘Love me’.
The piece borders on obsessive and portrays this irrational
need to give and receive love, it demands your attention.
Strewn on the floor below are the broken and empty
carcasses of teddy bears that have been sucked of life and
drained of color, they are the ones left behind. The piece ‘For him…’
is inspired by a media identity. Another handmade
inside out is seen covered in words clipped from pre teen
magazines. ‘For him…’ explores what pre teens are exposed to
in magazines. The piece, named ‘For Him…’ as many of
the magazines are targeted towards dating, male friendships
and idolizing male pop stars.
In week four the workshop was based around creative
problem solving using recycled house hold materials.
The children were given tasks, which allowed them to construct innovative ways to, for example ‘ disguise their vegetables at the dinner table’ or ‘ invent a survival kit.’
The children were also asked to experiment and given tasks to record in their visual diaries. One task being to record what they had for dinner, who with and the colour of their plate. This task amongst other observations was an inspiration for O’Sullivans work titled ‘Kentucky Fried
Children.’ Another inside out which was hand sewn and
printed with the children’s names inserted in various
media branding and hand a embroidered picnic blanket.
‘Ask Fm’ was a piece made by O’Sullivan in response to
interviews with pre teen girls on the infamous Ask Fm social
networking website and an interview conducted between
O’Sullivan and controversial photographer Richard Kern. The
Ask Fm website has received negative media attention for
their lack of assertiveness with regards to online bullying.