Sinead Purcell submitted her project entitled ‘Optiprism’ to the Undergraduate Awards from the National College of Art and Design. The aim of this piece is to emphasise the changing nature of art, and how it is subject to fluctuating exterior conditions. As Sinead puts it, “artwork is not closed or static, it is a temporal situation requiring attention to the changeability of our surroundings”.
Her aim was to formalise the relationship between viewer and viewed in order to emphasise “a critical attitude towards normative processes of perception”. Sinead is interested in how people perceive a wide range of colours versus seeing things in monochrome which is unusual for the brain. She plays with the concept of the viewer interacting with colour in a space and how it impacts the perception of the situation. Sinead uses the two main colour systems of daily life – RGB and CMYK – to look at what happens between these colour systems, and the spectrum of colours that occur when the two systems intertwine.
She is also fascinated by how lines are “the epitome of movement and fluidity” with the straight line representing the most concise form of the potential for endless movement. Along with colour, lines make a strong impact on the human eye and her piece brings these two elements together. The project’s main aim is to emphasise that the fleeting moment must be experienced in order to be captured within the eye. The webs of colour combined generate new colours, changing the space and “creating chromatic variations that could endlessly repeat themselves without ever being exactly the same”.
Sinead is a Dublin based artist and designer. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art, Sculpture from NCAD in 2015. She is currently working in theatre, having recently completed a nationwide tour as a design assistant, and lighting and sound operator for Zac Entertainment Group. Find out more and see her work here.