Oliver Stephen Rafferty

BA (Hons) Fine Art 2008

Chelsea College of Arts


I like real things; I do not like fantastical or mystical or abstract things. I do normal things with normal objects. By doing these normal things the singularity of the thing made is approached. The artworks are seen for what they are. They look what they do. The thing itself is emphasised because it is not connected to other, more complex things outside of itself that would taint its thingly nature. My artworks are exaggerations of themselves. Especially when placed in a gallery context, they seem removed from their comfort zone, slightly odd, shifted, forcing the viewer to renegotiate their perception of the world. I aim to place my work in the delicate space between the normal and the abnormal, not by doing anything particularly strange, but by drawing attention to what the objects actually are.



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