Chris O’Brien’s work is predominantly concerned with representing domestic dwellings. He crafts houses in varying states of decrepitude, anthropomorphizing them with names such as ‘Edmund’, and populating them with narratives involving thieves, ghosts and animals. O’Brien works in a wide array of media from balsa wood and mount-board to matchsticks and icy-pole sticks. His source material includes real estate brochures, photos, Google Earth maps, architectural plans as well as pure conjecture. O’Brien’s houses are starting points for stop-motion animations, for which he models wooden automobiles that are often utilized for car chase scenes. O’Brien’s body of work is built on a solid foundation of obsession, passion and humour, as well as a keen eye for detail.
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