Student Conversation - Eileen Mooney
"I class myself as an artist teacher. Everything I learn and do in the studio influences what I do in the classroom."
I’ve done a lot of research on different animals and compared their traits to those of humans. To back this up I included kids in the process. The result of this are pieces made that can communicate these different stories. I take elements from these projections and develop them into forms. I then add symbols of interest onto them, add texture and ultimately tell a new story.
I also work on my scrolls, mixing their perceived narrative with my understanding of them. By combining the two I got a more interesting amalgamation.
I’ve always been drawn to education so that I can give back some of what I’ve learned. Empathy and understanding the needs of kids is really important and how I can bring art into this. The first year experience was really valuable, just having the influence of people with other art and design interests.
I prefer to stretch everything in 3D, that’s where my ideas always come from. A lot of my research starts with looking at exhibitions then progresses further in the library through historical references as well as collecting and playing with found objects.
My ideas evolve and become more unexpected through texture and the element of play. I start making my ceramic pieces and then breaking them by throwing them down the stairs or out of the window. This way when I reassemble them I get different textures and am able to tell different stories with them.
I class myself as an artist teacher. Everything I learn and do in the studio influences what I do in the classroom.