St. Peter and Paul’s Church

The Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, 76 High Street, Grays, RM17 6HU



Rachel O’Dwyer

I have been living in the UK for the three years but have not yet had a chance to exhibit work. I intend to fly work over from Ireland, where I am originally from, and where the work was previously exhibited.

The work itself consists of plaster cast, hollow breaks, which shatter and break easily. This is a play on the human condition and a question of structural integrity. The bricks will be solidly stacked and then broken into, and the hollow space will be filled with soft white feathers. Ideally displayed on a plinth.

This series of draped plaster casts consists of five individual pieces, one each to represent the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The piece was made by draping fabric dipped in plaster over figures positioned to represent each stage.

The piece was originally created for a Cathedral in Co. Cork, Ireland and was inspired by statues in the graveyard, some dating to over 100 years old. I wanted to create a way of connecting the poignant and grey graveyard surroundings of the Cathedral with the inner space by bringing the figurative grief into the warmth of the cathedral.