Omi Feeney

Based London, UK
Omi Feeney

About

I am a young artist living and working in London. I recently graduated from the BA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths University and currently work in my East London studio.
I primarily make sculpture, alongside hand-tufted wall pieces.
I am driven by material process and manipulation - how far I can push a material, testing its structural limitations and combining compounds to re figure a material’s basic nature. All work in the studio is experimentation, continuously mapping out and refining a practice. There is a strong sense of adhocism in my work. Working intuitively, I regularly go into the studio not knowing what will happen, but feel a sense of urgency to create.

I am interested in the body, particularly skin and flesh. Both beautiful and grotesque, an impenetrable armour yet fragile, organic yet alien. I aim to create similar contrasts in my works, which reference the body through form, positioning and their skin-like nature.

I often combine the material concrete canvas with craft-based practices of sewing and tufting, a process used for rug making. The works become a hybridization of the alien and the domestic decorative object, contrasting the uncanny with the familiar. Through doing this, I am trying to bring to the forefront a kind of magic or excitement that I see in everyday objects. 

The process of making is a thinking through material. My work experience in sculpture fabrication deepens my understanding of material process. Discussing hands-on processes, anthropologist Tim Ingold states ‘The only way one can really know things is through a process of self-discovery.’ Ingold implies physical engagement with the world around us is imperative to learning.

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  • Achievements & Goals

    • Graduating from Goldsmiths University
    • Organising, curating group exhibitions
    • Setting up my own studio
    • To be a full-time practicing artist - and to generate a living from my own work
  • Genre & Style

    • Abstract, contemporary sculpture
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • Poetic moments found in everyday circumstance and happenings
    • Everyday objects
    • Artists Vincent Feateau, Michael Dean, Caroline Achaintre, Phyllida Barlow and Rachael Whiteread
    • Animals - their relationships, beauty and innocence
    • Bodies - skin and flesh, interior/exterior
    • Nature - it's colours, compositions and beauty
    • The history and practice of craft
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • Have sold some works
    • Self-funded through work in events organisation
  • Technique & Material

    • Hand-tufted yarn
    • MIG welding with steel
    • Adhoc processes such as molding, stitching and layering multiple materials to create forms

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