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Statement

"Art is partly about creating problems and than trying to solve them".

At the beginning of 2012 Jonathan O’Dea began working on a unique visual art project called ‘Changing Spaces’ which received funding from Arts Council England and support from the Lee Valley Park Authority http://changingspaces2013.blogspot.co.uk/. The project focused on the visual impact of the development of the Olympic Park and its relationship with the Lee Valley Park. From this concept Jonathan produced a series of ten 3-dimensional abstract works that interact with the changing environment around the Olympic Park and its inherent connectedness to the wider context of the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park. Using recycled building materials and found objects from both of these parks Jonathan created a number of wall-mounted sculptures that explore regeneration and the natural and industrial history of the area.

One of the centerpieces of the project is a 3 metre high sculpture constructed on-site from a felled tree provided by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. This imposing and long term sculptural work Intervention can be viewed at the Waterworks Nature Reserve in Leyton beside one of the main public footpaths leading from Waltham Forest to the nearby Olympic Park.

Jonathan’s aim is to produce art that is abstract but easily accessible: “I want people to be curious about the materials and how the artwork is constructed and to link this curiosity with the physical techniques and methods used in the regeneration of brownfield sites like the Olympic Park and the revitalising of Lee Valley Regional Park. This interest is partly fuelled by working on construction sites and also by fascination in the visual impact of turning something old into something new.”

Jonathan’s techniques and approach to art have been described as: ‘bringing together new ways of working to produce some of the most interesting and engaging art you will find in London and beyond’ according to the guide one of London's leading visual art events, The E17 Art Trail. This is reflected in a number of successful solo exhibitions and groups shows in Britain, Ireland and China over the past three years in particular. In 2011 Jonathan's work also gained attention at the European level and he was invited to show his work at the 12 Star Gallery at the European Commission.