Paul Loughney
Spirit SignatureUnstable Award Anodyne ShrineThrill of TransgressionsEnvyPhenomenon of Fictional OriginsModified Substitute An Uneasy TruceA Reasonable FacsimilieDissolved to TearsNuance as NoveltyInvitation to Our DisappearanceCultivating SpaceArchitectural ArchetypeFaux SurrendersConflatedBurnout GuruSouvenirs of ChildhoodCrude MonumentEnchantedInside OutsideBetween Five and TenHypnotic InductionsConfetti of the MindThaumaturgicIdentity ContestEmbeddedEvolved YearningsMaking Peace with Dark ScenariosSplintered SymphonicBrain on Drugs
Making Peace with Dark Scenarios
My work deconstructs how notions of identity are built up around manufactured ideas of beauty, fantasy, ritual and desire.

Working in collage, my primary material is contemporary fashion magazines and I tend to approach them as an anthropological document. Any 'excavation' starts by cutting, removing and categorizing of imagery; beginning my exploration of how identity is promoted in material culture by exploiting the very material that supports that particular narrative.

My collages integrate masculine and feminine bodies culled from advertising that are alluring and also idealized props.
They are further abstracted, reconfigured made intentionally ambiguous- heightening a tension between familiar and unrecognizable forms, creating a sense a mystery. I'm breaking apart manufactured ideas that exist as prepackage guises and superficial masks.
The newest series display a fastidious reassembling of smaller, various elements into pulsating, complex amalgamations; floating on black grounds of darkness, they reference a kind of patchwork identity as well as re-branding of self, emerging out of a void.