Catherine and Ciara, who are both graduates from the MA in Art and Process (MA:AP) from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design began actively researching ideas as an artistic duo in 2020. The concept to begin developing artworks together stemmed from sharing a work space at the MA:AP postgraduate open plan studios in 2019. Both artists were awarded the MA:AP Graduate Artist in Residence position respectively at the art college; Ciara in 2019, and Catherine in 2020. Their collaborative research partly came about as a means to connect outside of a studio setting during the Covid19 lock-down but also to share ideas, inspirations and concerns about the future of their respective art practices in a time of global crisis.
Examples of Catherine and Ciaras recently exhibited works can be seen below:
This work was part of Catherine’s Degree show and was chosen (along with 2 other pieces) by curator Anne Boddaert from Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, to be part of their major summer exhibition 2019. This sculpture manifests externally the internal trauma caused by child abuse, held by the body through to adulthood. Catherine used traditional hand casting methods with a self-developed, mixed media, cured compound to create the desired texture and doll-like expression.
This exhibition consisted of various visual media: including Polaroid photography and sculptural installation but primarily comprised of large-scale charcoal drawings. Making this body of work, Ciara was drawn to the defunct architectural landscape of Cork City and County as subject matter and fascinated by certain aspects of utopian mid-century modernist architecture such as the retro futuristic legacy of the popular 1960’s animation, the Jetsons.
The exhibition title is derived from an early docu-fiction by the artist Robert Smithson titled “A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey”, 1967 which records a journey through an industrial wasteland where the artist reimagines rusty pipelines, buildings and bridges as monuments. Taking a lead from the space aged optimism of mid-century architecture and invention, Ciara shares the desire of Smithson to apply her own fiction to less appreciated landscapes, re imagining what is already there
This exhibition included a public talk and workshop on Culture Night 2019. Supported by Cork County Council Arts and Library Services