Born 1981, Melbourne
Chris O’Brien’s work is predominantly concerned with representing domestic dwellings. He crafts houses in varying states of decrepitude, anthropomorphising 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, and 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 utilised 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.
Chris O’Brien is represented by Arts Project Australia.
Power station 2010; mixed media; 6(h) x 13 x 10cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia