Eve O’Callaghan is interested in paintings that consider the basic properties of paint, pigment and surface and how these things combine to create an image and object that relates to a wider history of painting. Her recent work consists of painted wooden panels connected by hinges in a way that is reminiscent of religious polyptych paintings. Combining colour-blocking and pencil drawings in a double-sided format away from the gallery wall, the works draw upon museum and gallery display of archival and readable information in the context of contemporary painting. Her paintings are assured and accomplished. They relate not only to the world around them, but also to various modes and schools of abstract painting.
"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."
The Dock team was looking forward to working with a number of visual artists this year. As a result of the Covid 19 restrictions, there was a break in our gallery programme. This meant that the visual artists we were to work with were now without the opportunity to exhibit. The team here think long and hard about what and who we programme in the galleries, so 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 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. The commissioned work was mediated via our social media platforms and here on our website.