Through an amalgamation of found and created materials, Connor Shields’ work develops as a sculptural response to experiences of growing up in a post-industrial town and formations of a ‘masculine’ identity.
His practice is an enquiry into the constructed nature of maleness through combinations of dichotomous materials. An investigation of industrial materials realises a visually powerful dynamic in which ideas and experiences of ‘working-class masculinity’ are explored. The process of making is explorative, with works leaned, pressed, slumped, balanced and hung, often creating feelings of tension.
Shields’ works mostly consist of assemblages, adapting and responding to the spaces in which they inhabit. Through recent works, Shields takes influence from construction and demolition sites we pass by daily. Through his work, influence is taken from the materiality and imagery that exist within these sites, with selected elements being recreated into sculptural forms.