Sean Hennessey (USA 1973 - )


Sean Hennessey creates sculptures in glass, concrete, found objects, paint, steel, light and video that are playful narratives based on mythologies, religions, science, fiction, and personal experiences. By using imagery of common and slightly nostalgic items he tells stories of hopes and dreams, and of memories and transformations. His pieces are interpretations and psychological landscapes of the unseen forces in our lives—being judged by others and ourselves, finding inspiration and will, and dealing with obstacles that may hold us back.

His sculptures are kiln formed slump cast glass panels, that he trowels and paints with concrete and stains and frames in steel or wood and backlights using electroluminescence. Hennessey is thus presenting pieces that have a feeling of relics, of archeology, and of the study of the past and the way we thought. He likens the presence of glass in his art to the ethereal aspects of our lives, our spirit, and our hopes and dreams. He equates the concrete with the realities of earth, and life, and the shell that we use to protect ourselves from exposing our soul to the world.

Tattered and stained. Covered and encrusted. Yet the glass, our humanity, and the narratives of our lives still shines through.

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