Donna O’Neill on Utilitarian Industrial Objects
Donna O’Neill on Utilitarian Industrial Objects

Creating Art from the Forgotten, Disregarded & Found.

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February 26, 2021
Donna O’Neill Creative for ZOM8IE

When a Scholar of Horology (Time) and a Master of Communication (Graphic) combine forces, they design with brains, resurrecting the dead with a combination of 8 found elements from the past, to be utilised for the present. 

The inventors Thomas Patrick O’Neill and Donna Lee O’Neill are the animated corpses that use a combination of techniques to; burn, flange, drill, mill, tap, thread, polish, strip, heat, solder, wire, coil, bend, turn, straighten, cut, rivet, remove, burnish, bush, calibrate, wind, regulate, tune, oxidise, attach, lacquer, paint, fumigate, sand and design their utilitarian industrial objects into a new life of form and function!

The Grandparents – Pa is cutting hay while Nana is sewing

They, like zombies, are hypnotised by objects of a bygone era and hungry for mixed and diverse artefacts that make up our material culture. These ordinary tools, instruments, utensils, devices and machines are refashioned and transformed so that they assume new and important social and cultural functions. These new functions are far removed from each object's original use in everyday life, but their impairment leads to the resurrection of new industrial furnishings. 

Fuel – The smell of Dads shed 

Hidden within the intricate structure of each finely wrought piece, is the symbol of perfection and the timeless infinite in the form of the numeral eight. Zom8ie are of the belief that nothing should ever die.

If you can’t get enough of the forgotten, disregarded and found that make up Zom8ie’s creations, join us for LCI Re-Connected on 27 March at 11.30am. Discover creative uses for those objects previously destined for hard rubbish and immerse yourself in the diverse and experimental laboratories on offer. Register your attendance here!


Jack Light – Jack, as always is under the pump and full of pressure, bursting with anger to give us light.

Dad and Mum always used to say, “things were different in my day”. Music came from a Gramophone, light came from a lantern, clothes were repaired, news came from the wireless, milk came in a bottle, the fridge was outside, a mower was pushed by hand and you turned things on with a dial. 

Now the dial is a button, music is an mp4, light is a switch, old clothes are disposed, news is on a feed, milk is in a carton, the fridge is also a freezer and you sit down to mow. We live in a disposable world, so we restore, repurpose, refashion and return. We create through design, the return of these objects to be seen again and restore memory.

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