Sink or Swim
There is a tendency today to feel untouched by the problems of others and to shut down at the immensity of an issue such as climate change.
Art offers people an immediate experience of the reality of climate change and plastic pollution which stays with the viewer for a long time.
It is my hope that an encounter with my work and the feelings it evokes will make the viewer feel implicated which will then spur action and inspire others to lead more sustainable lives.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Print, 2019
In the past Aoife always sought to express the feelings and energy generated by the physical spaces, remnants and stories left behind by our predecessors. However, during her time at the RCA she has moved on to the nature of the present and the world we are now creating. What will future generations make of our remnants?
Her most recent work reflects the frustration and anxiety she feels about our throwaway society and about the environmental crisis we are facing, focusing mainly on the plastic problem. The artist is starting a visual conversation which expresses the deep-seated disquiet she feels about the greed, apathy and blindness of society. Her aim being to stimulate the viewer to think more deeply about how they can help to turn the tide.
Through the printing process by layering, repeating, adding and omitting form, space, colour and line she is creating abstract landscapes for protest, for change and mindfulness. Colour is an integral part of her practice, as is drawing and expressive mark making. All of these elements are used together in the work to express and release an energy that emanates a feeling of anxiety and also hope.
- BA Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, University College Dublin, 2013
- Editioning printmaker, Graphic Studio Dublin, 2015–18; Assistant master printmaker, Graphic Studio Dublin, 2016–18
- The Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin, 2019; 'What a Relief!!' CGP The Gallery, Southwark Park, London, 2019; 'Images Can Be?', Lumen Studios, London, 2018; 'BOLD', Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, 2018; 'Inside Worlds', SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin, 2017; 'Celtic Vision: Group Exhibition of Contemporary Irish Artists', Tír na Nóg Gallery, Tokyo, 2017; 'YOUNG II', SOFine Art Editions, Dublin, 2016; 'The Masters', Bankside Gallery, London, 2016; 'A Lonely Impulse of Delight: 150 years of WB Yeats', SOFine Art Editions, Dublin, 2015
- The Wilkinson Print Award – RHA Annual Exhibition, 2018; The Graphic Studio Graduate Award, 2013