Orlaigh Tilley

Statement

The works I’m always drawn to create, happen to be intricate, labour intensive and centred around repetition. They require a lot of patience; something I have forced myself to gain more of over the years, purely so I could create the artworks that I visualised in my mind! I like to make delicate sculptural wall hangings and more recently I have discovered my love for large-scale wall painting. My work is almost always abstract exploring concepts such as opticality, illusion, the possibilities of architectural spaces and movement through form. I’m interested in developing my practice towards decorative art creating things like hand painted wall papers, murals and engraved ceilings.

Achievements & Experience

Exhibitions-
2020- Site specific installation, Happy tree time, Sutton
2019- Going Up, Spike Island, Bristol
2018- 20 eggs in my pocket, Spike Island, Bristol
2017- Hello, my name is, Spike Island, Bristol
2017- End Exhibition, UCA Epsom

Work experience-
2020 - Daigo 2 in collaboration with Daughters of Africa Foundation
This was a two week educational project that took place in The Gambia. It was delivered to help teach young tailors’ art, design and tailoring skills that they could use to increase their employability or have as an advantage towards starting their own business.
2019 - Teaching assistant at Orchard Secondary school, Bristol (Art department)

Contact

Personal professional email

Featured Projects:

'Where are you going (in life)?#2' (2020) Measurements variable-600cm-200cm, Acrylic paint

This work was made during quarantine in the stairwell of my home. I developed the pattern before lockdown through looking at opticality, illusion and perspective. This piece explores the possibilities and effects that different locations and architecture can create.

'Happy tree time' (2020) 600cmx15-25cm, White paper

This piece was made during quarantine in an open space outside my home. After seeing the link between my work and ideas around growth, I decided to see how I could directly incorporate nature in to my practice.

'Where are you going (in life)?' (2020) Dimensions variable, Acrylic paint, Spike Island

This image shows one section of a wall painting that stretches across three walls and one pillar. I aimed to create an abstract form that would appear to weave in an out of the space. I was exploring themes of opticality, illusion, perspective, movement through form and intuition.

'Where are you going (in life)?' (2020) Dimensions variable, Acrylic paint, Spike Island

This image shows one section of a wall painting that stretches across three walls and one pillar. I aimed to create an abstract form that would appear to weave in an out of the space. I was exploring themes of opticality, illusion, perspective, movement through form and intuition.

'What happens when?#2) (2020) 200cmx 10cm-45cm, Black card

This is an image of a sculpture I made out of black laser-cut card. They were formed through wanting to give a physicality to previous 2D drawings I had produced.

'Just one more' (2019) Posca pen on paper, 8 pieces of 33.1’’x46.6’’

This piece of work is made up of eight black line drawings. I was exploring movement through form by creating line intuitively. Through doing this, I managed to create my own abstract language which I could use to influence other work.