Sean O’Rourke

Sean O’Rourke


Title Starry Plough

Medium Acrylic and metal

Material Board

Size 60 x 80 x 4 cm

Year 2022

Artist Statement The Starry Plough is a symbol of the working class and is rooted in the experience of the working people of Dublin. The Plough can be seen throughout the city in the form of statues, plaques and flags. Its origins can be traced back historically to the Irish Citizen Army, an organisation that was initially formed to defend strikers against police brutality during the 1913 Lock-Out, and subsequently took part in the 1916 Rising.

Artist Bio Sean O’Rourke is a visual artist. Sean received his BA in Fine Art Painting from NCAD in 2016. In the same year, he was awarded the NUI Art & Design Prize for his degree show work titled 'Crucifixion'. The piece was a triptych commemorating the demolition and regeneration of Dolphin House flat complex. Since graduating, much of his work has focused on socioeconomic issues within the context of Dublin city. Sean uses found objects to make art, working with rusted metal once used to board up the windows of derelict flat blocks. Using them not only for their raw aesthetics but as a symbol of social osmosis. Sean recognises that we are all influenced by our external surroundings, which makes us into the individuals we are today. Conceptually Sean looks at the role of masculinity within a socioeconomic context, noticing how many young males from working-class backgrounds pose as rough exteriors, in order to shield themselves from society’s criticism, hiding their own insecurities and anxieties as not to appear weak. The metal plates symbolise the rough exterior that male adolescents carry around with them, as a way of hiding feelings and protecting their masculinity. The males use this exterior to be perceived differently by their peers. Using the concept of architecture as a way of looking at the external and internal. Externally a persona is projected outward to compensate for feelings going on internally. Most recently, Sean’s work looks at the current housing crisis in Ireland.

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