Sinead Barrett

  • Sinead Barrett

  • The way we live
  • 2019
  • Mixed Media
  • Variable Sizes
  • Artist Statement

    Throughout education and in the workplace we are conditioned to follow rules and adhere to regulations. Administration regimes in schools, colleges, offices, hospitals and public services compel us to fill out application forms and registration forms which ultimately reduce our identity to a series of numbers. I am interested in exploring this phenomena in particular the monotony of unimaginative routines such as queuing and waiting in line to be processed through these officious systems. 

    By making handmade paper from official application forms, numerical documents and newspapers, I create personal and emotive objects that derive from systems designed to eliminate human personality and emotion. Through this approach I intend to highlight the consequential loss of innocence and our individuality to an inevitable social conformity.

    My work also explores our ability to be manipulated into these systems of control until we lose sight of our own individuality and creativity adapting to an everyday dreariness, losing our identity and becoming a tool in the industrial machine and inevitably just a number in the system.

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