The Dock Visual Arts Commissions
About Eve O'Callaghan
Eve O’Callaghan works from an interest in the materials of painting and the history of image-making. She considers the simple properties of pigment, light, and balance when approaching a painting, considering each stage of making with weight; from choosing scale, preparing surfaces, mixing and applying colour and thinking about how a viewer will move around it.
She has recently made a series of three-dimensional double-sided paintings connected by hinges, inspired by religious polyptych paintings. This multi-panel format allows O’Callaghan to ask and rephrase questions in colour and image, by painting panels in very slight variations of colour and combining quick, sketch-like pencil drawings inspired by botanic imagery. These works draw attention to the conventions of display in art galleries and museums, as well as questioning the value of imagery when one side of a painting is foregrounded before another.
Eve O’Callaghan graduated from NCAD Fine Art Painting and Visual Culture BA in 2017. She has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Craig Scholarship, Dublin (2019) and RDS Visual Art Award, Dublin (2017). Her work has also been exhibited at RHA Gallery (2019) Pallas Projects, Dublin (2019) and Draoicht, Dublin (2018). She is the 2019/20 recipient of the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Recent Graduate Residency.
About Eve's commission
"I plan to continue working on current pieces over the coming months, aiming to use my studio as an exhibition space and present new pieces in July 2020. For The Dock, I propose to document ideas, drawings and photographs as a visual diary spanning the time from now until July. Alongside this, I plan to work in contact with Ellen Duffy during this period. By July, we plan to conduct an interview-style written discussion about our respective projects, general practices and any overlapping themes/interests. With this communication in mind, we can maintain a sense of cohesion that would have come across in an exhibition. We propose to publish these interviews on The Dock website along with our personal visual contributions."
About this commission
The Dock team was looking forward to working with a number of visual artists this year. As a result of the current circumstances, there is a break in our gallery programme. This means that the visual artists we were to work with are now without the opportunity to exhibit. The team here think long and hard about what and who we programme in the galleries, so have decided to invite the artists who are part of the 2020 programme to submit an idea and approach to developing their work during this Covid-19 lockdown. The Dock has framed this as a small commission, to offer the artists encouragement to keep making work and to continue their connection with us and with you the audience.
We will keep updating this page with images and news and will be posting regularly on our social media channels as work progresses over the next three months.