Shelving the Body
- Caroline Kurze
Darragh Casey´s MA research, ‘Shelving the Body’, was driven by a fundamental desire to manipulate our perceptions. The project aims to disrupt our habitual relationships with furniture with the intention of reassessing the idea of the ‘user’. This subversion, initiated through a series of experimentation and trials, approaches the typology of the shelf with a physical consideration for the figure. At times, the outcomes often reduce the role of the figure to that of a ‘shelved object’, exploring the idea of mutual dependency, challenging its user, or simply taking inspiration from the figure’s presence or absence. The series ‘shelves’ 3 generations of the Casey family, focusing on the traditional role of the shelf as a device to display, portraying people significant to the artist alongside objects relevant to their own lives and personalities.