Little Interview November 19

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses are funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read.

This month, we feature Sean O'Sullivan, who is one of over 50 Irish craft artists and designers participating in our annual Craft and Design Fair.

What are you reading? 
I’ve been pretty bad for reading books since I started making them but am currently in the middle(ish) of Direct Democracy: Context, Society, Individuality by Yavor Tarinski. This little nugget is published by Durty Books Publishing House which is a project run by Cork based artist Kate O’Shea and graphic designer Vicky Brunetta.  Do picture books count? I’ve read loads more of them. 

Favourite museum? 
Going to see the Turner watercolours at the National Gallery of Ireland in January is a real treat. Even though these paintings can now be shown at any time of the year there’s something special about the idea that of an exhibition that is both permanent and temporary. 

Best performance? 
I could change my mind on this again in a few seconds so I’ll just go with the most recent performance that I enjoyed. Brame & Hamo closing one of the many stages at All Together Now was really enjoyable. I don’t remember exactly why it was good but I remember being really disappointed when it was finished. 

Most treasured possession? 
Though still unframed the three original biro drawings that formed my first book Other Seas must get a mention here. A lot of work went in to creating them and they represented a big change for me as to how I saw my career going: they’re pretty irreplaceable.

Work(s) of art that inspire you? 
Inspiration comes in all shapes, forms and sizes and there’s loads of exciting things happening in Cork right now that I find inspiring. Shane O Driscoll and Deirdre Breen’s mural work is great. The work going on in Benchspace is incredible and their recent guest maker Adrien Segal discussing her approach to art was great food for thought. Christmas market time is approaching pretty fast and it’ll be a great opportunity to go out and meet local craftspeople and see what they’ve been working on during the year, that’s always inspiring. 

Lightbulb moment? 
Making mistakes most often leads to fresh ways of looking at things. When I put out my first book in 2015 I realised that the production and distribution of a book were as important the story itself or the artwork. Every other mistake since then has helped to refine the ideas and the overall design. In that way I see every mistake as a lightbulb moment. 

Guilty pleasure?
2fm, really loud and sining along in the car.

What would you like to be doing right now? 
Swimming on a hot summer’s day.