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Jill O'Brien

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Pigloo, 2012 Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien
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Pigloo, (detail), 2012 Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien
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Bird Nest , 2011 Polymer Clay, Mixed Media, Found Object © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Bird Nest (detail), 2011 Polymer Clay, Mixed Media, Found Object © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Hoarder, 2011 Found Taxidermied Mount, Polymer Clay, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Hoarder(detail), 2011 Found Taxidermied Mount, Polymer Clay, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Puppy, 2011 Hand Taxidermied Animal, Polymer Clay, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Puppy, (detail), 2011 Hand Taxidermied Animal, Polymer Clay, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Storytime , 2012 Animal Bones, Found Objects, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Child's Room , 2012 Hand Taxidermied Animal, Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Child's Room (detail), 2012 Hand Taxidermied Animal, Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Child's Room (detail), 2012 © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Pig Head , 2012 Found Object © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Squirrel Mummy, 2012 Mummified Squirrel, Mixed Media © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Velveteen Goat , 2012 Hand Taxidermied Animal, Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Velveteen Goat , 2012 Hand Taxidermied Animal, Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Canoe, 2012 Hand Built Canoe, Preserved Sea Whips, Sand, Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects (canoe Built by Trish Igo & Gerry Hamilton) © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Canoe (detail), 2012 Hand Built Canoe, Preserved Sea Whips, Sand, Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects (canoe Built by Trish Igo & Gerry Hamilton) © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Science Tableau , 2011 Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Science Tableau (detail), 2011 Clay, Glaze, Mixed Media, Found Objects © Jill O'Brien & Trish Igo
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Paris, Texas
Schools
University of North Texas, 2006, MFA Ceramics
University of Texas, 2002, BA English
Tags
taxidermy, ceramics, clay, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, pop, surrealism
Statement

 

 

Trish Igo and Jill O’Brien
Artists’ Statement

 

 

 

All animals (fur, bone, specimens, etc.) were acquired post-mortem.  The artists were not directly or indirectly involved in any of the animals’ deaths.  All taxidermy was performed solely by the artists unless otherwise indicated in description. 

 

 

 

Objects have long served as a profound emotional comfort to us, often creating a range of surrogate relationships.  We continually acquire nostalgic items, compensating for what we have lost or never had.  By surrounding ourselves with these objects in our homes and daily lives, we are developing an intimacy and a level of comfort that borders a fantasy life.   These possessions represent past memories, our personal histories, and reflect the events in life that shaped our aesthetic.  Domestic objects also indicate an idealism; the things we want and want to be.   In our private environments, seemingly mundane trinkets and miscellany become trophies and talismans, validating our self image by reflecting our ideal pasts and futures.  

 

 

 

In similar fashion, we have nurtured a ‘collection’ of pets as they have wandered into our lives, needing care and comfort.   As we became more invested in them, every stray began to simulate the same potential emotional burden.  An overwhelming anxiety pervaded each incident of finding an abandoned animal.   This ever-present responsibility created a compulsion to care for the remains of the dead creatures we came across as well.  By keeping an animal preserved, we are conjointly caring for a neglected one, elevating a moment, and adding to our domestic imaginarium.

 

 

 

Animal philosophies are rife with contradictions brought about by our childhood idolatry of animals and our societal use and slaughter of animals.  Commixing these extremes, we create a dreamlike exposé of our haunted relationships to animals. We compose vignettes for these animals using objects we covet in order to construct situations that provoke reflection on the subjective and selective ways that people view animals.  By intertwining our escalading domestic fetishes and increasing animal burdens, we collect nests for these animals to dwell, treasuring the animal in a way that assuages us and inspires empathy from the viewer.