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the soul paints itself in our machines 

By  Jonathan Rossney

Artist's statement:  


These works are layered and mirrored images of old scrap, some found in my fathers shed in Limerick, others in an abandoned barn in rural Ireland. To quote Harlan Ellisons intro about gods in Deathbird Stories: [They deal] with the new gods, with the new devils, with the modern incarnation of the little people and the wood sprites and the demons ... the god of neon, the god of legal tender, the god of business-as-usual and the gods that live in city streets and slot machines ... deities for the computerised age... Ellison was writing in the 1960s; today, in the 2020s, as the world slides into an irrational, ruinous post-industrial age, I have become interested in creating images that evoke the spirits most suited to this new age, emerging out of rubbish and rust. The series title comes from an 18th French essayist named Joseph Joubert.




Jonathan Rossney is an artist living in County Wexford, Ireland, who spends inordinate amounts of time staring at interestingly tangled tree stumps and piles of rusted scrap. He has too many cameras, books, and opinions, and knows what the word ‘pareidolia’ means, but can’t pronounce it.

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