Felix likes that moment when, in the pitch-black, someone strikes a match and for a second we’re blinded by the light from a tiny flame. This same instinct draws him to the darkest corner of a sunlit room and leads him to make art that looks for the contrast between darkness and light. His works are laden with sincerity, compassion and didactic sermonising expertly disguised under blankets of flippant humour and childish vulgarity.
He is driven by a passion for making stuff and since the very first time he made a thing, he hasn’t stopped. His favourite materials are tiny fragments of nature, rusty metal and old objects that are too interesting to throw away but too broken, useless or obscure to do anything else with. Things that he’s made include living sculptures made from moss and plants, decorative seating areas at Irish and UK Festivals, a small house, post-apocalyptic weather-vanes and a slightly wobbly table.
After studying performance art and film in Wales, Felix returned to the land he grew up on in Co. Kerry, Ireland to live on a patch of willow, moss and brambles. Managing this land and experimenting with sustainable building led to creating installations for festivals and events such as Electric Picnic, Latitude and Body&Soul. Alongside this, Felix began creating images from shadows cast on paper, using miniature figures and intricate flora to create haunting microcosms that muse on human foibles and our connection to nature. This in turn led to experiments with pinhole photography and creating microcosmic 3D sculptures based on these same principles. He also workshops for community groups in Ireland and spent nearly two years on the Thailand/Myanmar border working with and managing creative social enterprises.
His recent and current projects include an ever expanding collection of outdoor festival decorations, scrap-metal kinetic installations and pinhole photography.