The Dock exhibition featuring three Irish artists: Cecilia Bullo, Paul Hallahan, and Siún Suibhne.
In Cecilia Bullo's contribution to this exhibition, 'Leigheas-Liminalis: antidotes for melancholic gestures', she explores the relationship between self, community, and place. Her work is an investigation into healing mechanisms involving rituals and signifiers in the context of social issues, particularly regarding the cultural challenges faced by women dealing with displacement and having to migrate. Bullo includes personal signifiers such as aloe vera plants grafted from the artist’s mother’s garden in Italy and re-planted in Ireland, exploring her own uprooted-migrant background. She works mainly with sculpture and installation, and she studied sculpture at IADT; the Brera Fine Art Academy, Milan; and the Academy of Fine Art, Athens, and in 2009 she received her MFA from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD).
Paul Hallahan has spent the past number of years on the west coast of Ireland. Here, he regularly gazed at the sun setting on the uninterrupted horizon line of the north Atlantic. Hallahan's collection of works, 'Hopefully' will take us on a journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the human mind through his paintings and video documenting this sunset. These works depict the last light of the day, a happening that has reoccurred daily throughout history, connecting all humans, past, present, and future. In taking the sunset as a focus of attention, Hallahan has made a new inquiry into how we record time in our mind's eye, and how the transition between light and dark leads us forward in a linear idea of time. The term 'sunset' directs us to think of the movement of the sun; the sun is often thought to come up and set, yet the earth's rotation actually causes this illusion of movement. These small linguistic misinterpretations in the English language change our connection to the world around us, time, and reality.
Siún Nic Suibhne's works in the Dock’s mezzanine are 'Fragments & Fictions' consider concepts of trace and perception to explore materiality and temporality within architectural space. The works investigate how we understand the world around us by taking items associated with home and removing them from this context. The resultant pieces are concerned with the visual poetics of minutiae and forms often overlooked in these places. Ambiguous fragments and fictions are simultaneously documented and produced. These pieces operate between a range of antithetical ideas - interior and exterior, destruction and construction, permanency and ephemerality, the familiar and the unfamiliar. Nic Suibhne is a Dublin-based visual artist working across photography, print, and drawing. She recently graduated with a BA in Fine Art from TU Dublin and is currently studying for an MA in NCAD. She was awarded a Graphic Studio Graduate Award, in 2022 and a Cill Rialaig Graduate Residency Award in 2022.
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