About Marian Balfe
Drawing from her rural upbringing, Marian explores fragmented connections to place and land. These connections are initiated through memory and experience, where certain objects, artefacts, print ephemera, people and animals are often revisited, entwining reality with fictionalised memories and aspirational hopes for these places.
Though working primarily in paint Marian’s background in Architecture and Graphic Design influence both the process and the visual language she employs. She uses architectural models and zines as infinitely optimistic formats through which possibilities, starting points and failures of paintings and ideas can be chronicled and explored. The paintings themselves wobble between abstraction and representation, describing and transcending local milieu with an emphasis on the materiality of paint. Other media and mechanisms used include; drawing, sculpture, photography and found text.
Marian Balfe works as a visual artist and designer between the Midlands and Dublin. Marian graduated from NCAD in 2015 with a First Class BA in Fine Art (Painting) & Visual Culture. Prior to studying in NCAD Marian completed a BSc in Architectural Science in UCD. Awards include; Arts Council Travel & Training Award, Visual Arts Covid-19 Artist Response Award, Thomas Dammann Travel Award, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Emerging Artist Bursary, and Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Residency Award. In 2016 Marian held her first solo show, Appropriate Colours in Pallas Projects, Dublin. Recent group exhibitions include; ARTWORKS19, VISUAL, Carlow; peripheriesOPEN 19, Periphery Space, Gorey;and Sideways Movement & Other Attempts on the Boundary, Goethe Institut, Dublin (all 2019). Marian’s work has recently been selected for the 2020 RA Summer Exhibition, London.
About Marian's Commission
“I am currently developing work which openly explores my interests in humour, place, agricultural ephemera and outsider art. Over the coming months I plan to document statues and ornaments which ordain the gardens of both urban and rural homes. Alongside this, I will also explore the various graphic styles of agricultural ephemera. For The Dock, I propose to document this research by means of a visual diary and share both the ideas and artistic endeavours it prompts. By December, I plan to have produced a number of small sculptural objects and 2D works which may inhabit either a domestic or non-traditional gallery space. I propose to photograph these pieces and present them on The Dock website.”