Ecological concerns predominate in both the prints, sculpture and media art of New Zealand artist Kristin O’Sullivan Peren. Whether figurative or abstract, Peren’s work engages viewers in considerations of actions and their consequences in relation to the environment and the sense of identity this nurtures. Her work references the search for the Modern Sublime through altered states and changes in technology and how these in turn create social change.
Research tells us that historically utopian altered states are the product of societies that pursue their ‘progressive’ ideals at the expense of a lost paradise. Her creative expressions explore several of these ‘paradises’ found and lost in the pursuit of progress and ask the question “what is it that we value most? Is it what we have now or what we have lost?
A large proportion of her practice involves re-working collected rubbish’ – evidence of our society’s insatiable appetite for the excess. Pioneering process work with LED lighting and resin has facilitated a new exploration of light on a scale not previously realized in her work.