Rachael Agnew

Practice as research exploring the fundamental ontology of interstitial spaces in the form of site-specific drawing installations, interventions and events.

Interstitial spaces here refer to in between, empty, transitional, transient or non-places that are assumed and unquestioned.

Phenomenological description is utilised in order to question the ontology of interstitial spaces. For phenomenology the primordial question is that there is, which is essentially bound with Being, as opposed to science and the question of how there is from a third space.

As part of the knowledge building process of understanding through philosophical questioning, drawings, like philosophy, interrogate assumptions, challenge people and encourage critical thinking.

 

Biography

Rachael Agnew (b.1982) is a member of Abbey Studios, Dublin.

Most recent events include: ‘Elevate.1’ (a global day of performances in elevators across the world), a performance drawing @ the Gallery of Photography, Co.Dublin (2017); and ‘Drawing as walking’, a site-specific research drawing, Malahide Castle, Co.Dublin (2016).

Rachael’s artworks have also been shown at The Lab, Co.Dublin (2011), The Dock, Co.Leitrim (2013) and UCC, Co.Cork (2007).

Rachael holds a Higher Diploma in Philosophy from UCD (2015) and a Masters in Visual Arts Practice from I.A.D.T. (2011).

Felicity Clear

Clear’s drawing based practice has expanded to include 3D drawing, installation and animation. The drawings describe structures that are untenable, there is an uncertainty as to their status; scaffolding or ruin; recognition or abstraction; investment and indifference. Light and shadow are important components of the work in some cases drawing and shadow merge and it is unclear which is which. The provisional nature of drawing and its other technical role in engineering, architecture, blueprints and everyday life are key to the intention of the work. Clear is interested in the idea of potentiality, the moment when something is coming into being but resists actuality, so endings remain open and a range of possibilities appear.

 

Biography

Felicity Clear is a Dublin based artist educated at the National College of Art and Design and later Dun Laoghaire College of Art Design and Technology. Her work has been included in curated group exhibitions in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Arts Society London, Crawford Gallery Cork, The National Gallery Dublin, The Model Sligo, Limerick City Gallery, The Dock Leitrim. Solo Exhibitions include: Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, The Lab Dublin, The Rubicon Gallery Dublin, Lexicon Dun Laoghaire, Galway Arts Centre, Mermaid Arts Centre Wicklow.

Kevin Killen

My practice is the creation of light artworks and installations, often site-specific. While different bodies of work have very separate theories behind them, the connection is my desire to use light to translate movement into tangible forms. The most recent body of work, Infinity Studies: Monotony, draws on time and motion studies, as investigated by Frederick Winslow Taylor (time) and Frank and Lilian Gilbreth (motion), that document the time it should take to complete a process and how breaking down the process into components and removing unnecessary ones increases efficiency.

 

Biography

Studied from 1996 to 1999 at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College (now the UCA), specialising for one year in 3D Design and two years in Fine Art. I continued my training in Dallas Texas in 2009, studying neon glass skills; developing my long term interest in neon. Now based in Northern Ireland, I have been continually exploring my own visual language using the medium of light, exploring issues of boundaries and behavioural patterns. Exhibitions include Golden Thread Gallery Belfast 2017 – Sculpture in the City London 2017 – F.E. McWilliam Gallery Entrance Co Down 2015 – The University Art Gallery Belfast 2015 – Belfast Waterfront Hall Belfast 2004 – West Cork Arts Centre 2003- Irish Linen Museum Lisburn 2003 – The Market Place Galley Armagh 2002.

Melissa O’Faherty

I believe that each drawing should strive to be an autonomous piece of work telling it’s own compelling story to the viewer. My interest lies in how drawing supports the individual as an exploratory tool.  Through the immediacy of drawing, it is possible to problem-solve and gain understanding of new subject matter.  My work explores how an artwork can simultaneously be delicate and fragile, as well as dramatic, responsive and forceful balancing the tensions between abstraction and representation.

Ongoing  themes in my work are the contradictions we find in nature, researching new scientific findings and also anatomical studies. I am interested in how these works have the potential to invite the viewer to participate in an imaginative response, creating a two-way dialogue between artist and audience.

 

Biography

Graduated from IADT, Dublin, Ireland (Vis Comm)1993. Recent exhibitions include, Pallas Periodical Review #7, Dublin 2017. Solo exhibition at Mermaid Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow 2017. Royal Hibernian Academy, group annual 2016. Solo exhibition at Signal Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow 2016.

Residencies include, Cill Railaig Artists Retreat, Co.Kerry 2016. Tyrone Gutherie Artist Centre, Co.Monaghan 2017, 2018.

Public collections Office Of Public Works, Ireland,  Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland. Private and corporate collections nationwide.

Kiera O’Toole

My practice queries whether drawing, as a pre-reflective perceptual experience, can awaken a
sense of wonder in the drawer as well as the viewer. Drawing is a product of wonder and the drawn
line is a constant source of wonder. The realm of experiences I am interested in are the ones that
are difficult to describe and drawing brings this liminality into view. My hope is to evoke a sense of
unfamiliarity to open up a temporary ‘holding space’, a temporary dwelling where drawing may stir
a sense of wonder in the viewer, who may be reawakened to the basic experience of the world and
“hear the uncanny rumble of existence itself” (Van Manen, 2011).

Panellist for Visual Arts Ireland, get together in 2017 and panellist for New Perspectives on Drawing for Bart Lodewijks’ exhibition in the Model, Co. Sligo, Ireland, and the 20th Australasian conference for Irish Studies in University of NSW, Australia and in the Not Just Ned: the true history of the Irish in Australia at the National Museum of Australia.

 

Biography

Graduated from DIT (Fine Art) 2000 and completed MPhil (Fine Art Research) 2013 at Newcastle University, Australia. Exhibitions Include Ireland: The Model, Sligo, 2017, Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin (2016) , Municipal Gallery DLR Lexicon, Dublin (2016), The Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen (2016), And in Australia: National Museum of Australia, (2011) and Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia (2015). Residencies Include in Ireland: Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2017, Centre for Creative Practices, 2017, Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre, (2015) and RYSS, NSW, Australia funded by NSW Arts Council ( 2013, 2011, 2010) .

Public Collections in the OPW, Wicklow County Council, Lissadell House Art Collection in Ireland and in the Maitland Regional Gallery and Mercure Hotels in Australia. Private Collections are In Ireland, Australia, UK and USA.

Mary-Ruth Walsh

I’m interested in buildings and the way they effect how we move and behave. From exploring the frenetic spaces of market places to the desolate loneliness of empty spaces my practice has sustained a focus on architecture and buildings.

These ideas are realised through drawing, sculpture, installation and film.

My work does not illustrate but rather engenders ideas of place / no place and subjectivity. Exploring why and for who the space is created and, within this, how we position ourselves in that space. Research underpins my practice and explores the question of how identity is shaped and the play between art, literature and subjectivity.

 

Biography

Dublin born MaryRuth Walsh is a graduate of Goldsmiths College London and NCAD Dublin. Her selected work has been exhibited in Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Hugh Lane Gallery; Royal Hibernian Academy (all Dublin); CUBEOpen (Manchester); Oonagh Young; Cross Gallery (both Dublin); Highlanes Gallery (Drogheda); Parlour (New York); Arts Centre (Wexford). Her work is exhibited both inside and outside the gallery space.