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Kellie O'Dempsey

Wish You Were Here

23 April — 18 June 2022

NorthSite | Gallery 1

Kellie O'Dempsey, Wish You Were Here, 2021, projection+collage, dimensions variable

An immersive installation of collaged works on paper, projected animation, sound and Augmented Reality (AR) that transports the viewer into an uncertain landscape.

Created thoughout the early days of the pandemic in 2020 and refinded into 2022 during post-covid living, Wish You Were Here began as a response to lockdowns and has continued to develop with transforming elements of humour and oddity. In this site-specific installation uncanny household objects collide with uncertain landscapes. In search of progress, multiple figures attempt to travel, yet go nowhere in this oddball world. Their figurative and abstract forms gently smash together as we all fumble for connection.

Through repetitive rhythm and monotonous loops, neon lights, Augmented Reality objects in non-specific locations and an unspecified time, Wish You Were Here blends the physical and the psychological for a moment of hypnotic but joyful reprieve.

Sound by Mick Dick and AR by Helena Papageorgiou.

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