The impulse to make sculptures based on recurring motifs of animals in my dreams is what fuels my practice. These images come with an intrinsic sense of vitality and importance and demand to be made into something physical. Seeking to translate the mysterious power of these dreams into tangible objects, I create sculptures that appear uncanny and ambiguous. For me, these sculptures embody a myriad of emotions and sensations in one piece; exploring the unconscious associations we have with familiar creatures.
Dreams reactivate the underlying, forgotten, repressed things confined to the unconscious and memories. I am obsessed with collecting and hoarding what I see as the physical equivalent of this ‘dream material’; the left-behind, the forgotten objects which end up stored in an attic, at the dump, or which re-surface on the flea market. I love the challenge of reanimating these charged objects by incorporating them into my work. Using craft-based processes such as hand stitching, I transform more malleable materials like gloves, socks and other clothing fabrics into my figurative sculptures.
Through my work I like to reveal the unsettling qualities residing in seemingly benign domestic materials and subjects, creating a tension between my sculptures appearing familiar and comforting, and simultaneously peculiar and uncanny. I like the idea of out-moded, discarded and marginal things returning as powerful presences.
©Dorcas Casey 2013