Creating wearable macabre treasures that have a mysterious and otherworldly presence, Eily carefully selects an assortment of natural forms that each have appeal and intrinsic character. Studying them delicately before deciding how she will encapsulate their inherent attributes by recording them in metal opens a new world for them, allowing change in their disposition, enhancing their mystic.
Acting as the beholder of such manipulation, Eily mimics the power we as humans abuse, altering nature’s path. Ultimately, leading to a juxtaposition of allure and a sinister presence lurking through the work.
Eily O Connell is well known for conjuring up hybrid treasures, illuminating absurd beauty in all-natural forms. Using man’s destruction of nature, as inspiration in a bid to illuminate the harm we are doing is a basis for her work. This brings about an eerie and macabre feel to her more Avante-Garde work.
Nature’s brighter side is reflected in her gold and lighter pieces for the everyday wearer. Each piece morphs into a new species through the process of combining natural forms and casting them into metal, adorning them with gemstones, enamel, and other curios.
Eily sources sustainable materials where possible including recycled metals and fair-trade gemstones.