Interested in furniture and architecture, Hazel considers what is removed and added to contemporary space, and analyses style and periodic change from modernism to futurism. Borrowing from the aesthetics of retro-futurism and minimalism specifically, the work combines elements of old and new, and challenges the boundaries between painting and sculpture, design and fine art.
The work reveals a fascination with perspective space, object and utility, architecture and design, and how they seem to appear in her own personal environment and different socio-economic environments. As Hazel analyses her familiar surroundings while discovering both new and old environments, she combines the familiar and the strange to create both friendly and hostile forms, playing with our visual comprehension of space occupied by furniture and architecture.
Applying wood stains, wood veneers and soft furnishings to plywood, woodworking becomes an obvious element of Hazel’s work. Keen to explore this intersection through a painting and sculpture combined practice, machinery and tools are used to carve shapes and structures into paintings, while the technique of tromp l’œil is used to form the illusion of perspective space.
Hazel O'Sullivan is an Irish visual artist currently based between London and Dublin as she completes her Masters in Fine Art at The Chelsea College of Arts. Hazel is a current resident at the Hypha Studios x Mason & Fifth residency in Primrose Hill, London, and has recently been awarded the Solstice Visual Arts Award, 2022.
Based in Dublin and London.
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