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Sorsha Galvin

MA work

Immaterial

Perhaps there is a relationship between thinking and movement, thinking and stillness. Clay is the medium I use to draw out unconscious thoughts. The act of touching provides a certain affirmation of my being. The physical making of these works has informed their meaning and includes the partial burial of my body in clay and the excavation of fragile figures. Looking at the relationship between this transformative material and my body, one of the questions I ask is “What can be contained in space, physically and metaphorically?” I believe clues to understanding our embodiment lie in the physical traces of humanity. The marks left behind by physical interaction speak directly to the unconscious about our perception of space and time and have the power to silence us. In each of us lies the potential to sense the other.

By manipulating absence and presence I aim to place us in the in-between. Creating objects that are imbued with traces and become disembodied signifiers of human existence.

Info

  • Sorsha Galvin
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2014

  • Perhaps there is a relationship between thinking and movement, thinking and stillness. Clay is the medium I use to draw out unconscious thoughts. The act of touching provides a certain affirmation of my being. The physical making of these works has informed their meaning and includes the partial burial of my body in clay and the excavation of fragile figures. Looking at the relationship between this transformative material and my body, one of the questions I ask is, 'What can be contained in space, physically and metaphorically?' I believe clues to understanding our embodiment lie in the physical traces of humanity. The marks left behind by physical interaction speak directly to the unconscious about our perception of space and time and have the power to silence us. In each of us lies the potential to sense the other.

    By manipulating absence and presence I aim to place us in the in-between. Creating objects that are imbued with traces and become disembodied signifiers of human existence.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art (Ceramics), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland, 2011
  • Experience

  • Visiting lecturer, Bath Spa University, 2013; Created and led workshop, 'Finding Shapes', Reachout RCA, 2013; Co-curated and managed Anima exhibition, London, 2013; Artist assistant to Hitomi Hosono, 2013–present; Learning support worker for art and design, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, 2012; Board member, Niland Gallery, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Student Show, Ceramic Art London, 2014; Kfest, Kerry, Ireland, 2014; Anima, Asylum, Caroline Gardens Chapel, London, 2013; BCB Design Tableware, British Ceramics Biennial, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, 2013; Art Food, Flow gallery, London 2013; Up and Running, Ceramic Art london, 2013; Art and Style, Brown Thomas, Galway, Ireland, 2012; Intro, Galway Bay Galleries, Galway, Ireland, 2012; Work-in-progress Show, The Shed, Galway, Ireland, 2012
  • Awards

  • Travel and training award, Arts council of Ireland, 2012
  • Publications

  • Top form: graduates, Crafts magazine, no.248, 2014