Assembling Agency

Assembling Agency (2019), is a body of work created by the artist for her Graduate Exhibition at the Technological University of Dublin, 2019. This work was then chosen for the RDS Visual Artist Awards in October of the same year.

The installation operates as one whole network, however, they can be broken down further into smaller assemblages that work within the same register. The work is made up of a diverse range of materials, ranging from; found objects, industrial materials, packaging materials and wooden structures. They are provisional assemblages that are subject to change depending on the site they reside in. Their openness leads to an enabling of their adaption to new surroundings and create new dynamics/conversations. 

 

As an expanded composition - their corresponding colours and forms and their link to time and space attempt to create a non-narrative narrative. What they’re doing and where they are tells a story of what they are. They can disassemble and reassemble and exist in perpetually changing networks that can create infinite number iterations. This is why they are suggestively provisional. 

It is important that each component implemented serves a purpose and is imperative to look at these networks of relations in a nonhierarchical way. Ellen wants to create a logic that connects these “things”. She see's everything as playing a fundamental role in forming the structural properties of each assemblage, no matter how minor. 

Assembling Agency, 2019. Installation view at the RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2020. Detail; Corrugated Perspex sheets, duct tape, packing peanuts, steel grid, foam block and spray paint.

RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2020. Detail; Corrugated Perspex sheets, duct tape, packing peanuts, steel grid, foam block and spray paint.

RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2020. Detail; Plaster cast, ladder hook, spray paint (L) rubber coated wire (R). 

RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2020. Detail; Plaster cast, ladder hook, spray paint. RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2020. Rubber coated wire.

RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2019. Installation view at the RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2019. Foam, bungee cord, egg carton, plaster cast and spray paint. Detail view of Graduate Exhibition at Technological University of Dublin

Assembling Agency, 2019. Birch wood, corrugated Perspex sheets, found steel and found plastic hook. RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2019. Birch wood, insulation pipe, mesh, duct tape.

RDS Visual Artist Awards.

Assembling Agency, 2019. Installation view at the Technological University of Dublin, Graduate Exhibition.

Assembling Agency, 2019. Birch wood, corrugated Perspex sheets, found steel. Pictured alongside Artist, Kate Murphy's Principles of Site (R).

Graduate Exhibition, Technological University of Dublin.

Assembling Agency, 2020. Refuse bag, plaster cast, spray paint. Detail of Technological University of Dublin Graduate Exhibition.

Assembling Agency, 2019. Rubber coated wire and nail. Detail of Technological University of Dublin Graduate Exhibition.

Assembling Agency, 2019. Foam, bungee cord, egg carton, cardboard packaging, insulation pipe, mesh and duct tape. Detail view of Graduate Exhibition at Technological University of Dublin

Assembling Agency, 2019. Corrugated Perspex sheet, ladder hooks, spray paint. Selected worked not included in Graduate Exhibition.