Tell me what I am and I'll show you what I'm meant to be, 2013, Distraction, 2013, Untitled, 2013, Karen, 2012, Untitled, 2013. Installation view at Fortnightly Features Presents, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 2014. Image courtesy of Kerlin Gallery.
Pádraig Spillane’s photographic objects are created from one single image of a person. This single image has been broken in to different parts, separated from the whole. Some of these images are close-ups of facial features, some being unrecognisable after being selected and modified. Created through a process of hand manipulation and scanning fragments, there is an inherent distancing in the works, producing ambiguous forms; though details remain of the person, they have become odd uncertain objects. Spillane’s work explores the conditions of representation: what boundaries are between us as subjects and objects?