NATIONAL DRAWING DAY 2021

Backwater Artists talk on film through a short video series on contemporary drawing. Curated and produced by studio member Ciara Rodgers. To celebrate National Drawing Day 2021, Backwater Artists Group presents studio artists Stephen Doyle, Cassandra Eustace, Megan Eustace, Eileen Healy, Peter Nash and Ciara Rodgers in short films as they reflect on what drawingContinue reading “NATIONAL DRAWING DAY 2021”

Impending demolition of one of Cork’s major modernist buildings

Sign the petition here University College Cork have lodged a planning application to demolish one of Cork’s last great examples of mid-century industrial heritage. It was completed in 1964 by Cork architect Frank Murphy, active mainly in the 1950s and 1960s, whose works included a number of modernist structures. Frank Murphy B.Arch FRIAI RIBA(1916–1993) wasContinue reading “Impending demolition of one of Cork’s major modernist buildings”

24/7

24/7 is one of the National Sculpture Factory’s new digital online artists’ platforms. This video is a little window into how Ciara applies her own fictions to less appreciated landscapes, reimagining what’s already there. The artist also presents her methods of gathering research and manipulating materials as she creates a body of work within a restrictedContinue reading “24/7”

Where Troubles Begin and Logic Dies, “My Bed” by Tracey Emin

Loneliness and Isolation; Understanding and Expression through the work of Sophia Coppola, Sophie Calle and Tracey Emin Chapter ThreeWhere Troubles Begin and Logic Dies, My Bed by Tracey Emin“Bed shows the absolute mess and decay of my life” In the 1990’s the Young British Artists came to prominence after Charles Saatchi gave patronage to variousContinue reading “Where Troubles Begin and Logic Dies, “My Bed” by Tracey Emin”

Feeling like Bill Murray?

Apart from the obvious- Ground hog Day (Harold Rammis, 1993), the “Bill Murray feeling/sighing” that I seem to be experiencing during this coronavirus pandemic stems from the character, Bob, which he played in the feature film, Lost in Translation (Sophia Coppola, 2003). **Spoilers** I wrote a chapter back in 2016 giving my sourced analysis andContinue reading “Feeling like Bill Murray?”

Press Release, JUNCTURES: memory and the built environment, a drawing project.

JUNCTURES: memory and the built environment, a drawing project. Castleisland Day Care Centre and Artist in Residence Ciara Rodgers present an exhibition of drawings Area Services Centre, Station Road, Castleisland, Co. Kerry  Opening event: 2.30 pm, Thursday 23rd January. Exhibition continues until Thursday 13th February 2020 About the Project A residency is when a professionalContinue reading “Press Release, JUNCTURES: memory and the built environment, a drawing project.”

Monuments of Abandoned Futures 19/9/19 – 10/10/19

Cork County Council Arts Office cordially invites you to the lunchtime opening event of an exhibition by visual artist Ciara Rodgers at 1 pm, Thursday 19th September at LHQ Gallery, Cork County Hall. Opening remarks for Monuments of Abandoned Futures will be given by Dr. Fergal Gaynor, Editor of The Enclave Review, contemporary arts magazine.Continue reading “Monuments of Abandoned Futures 19/9/19 – 10/10/19”

Solo Expedition #1

There are ten weeks to go to my first solo exhibition after years of study and various group shows. I’m writing these excerpts as an exercise to quickly map my progress (and setbacks) to make sense of my ideas for myself along with a traditional sketchbook. My Studio I’ve reached that stage in my researchContinue reading “Solo Expedition #1”

MEMORIES OF A NERVOUS SYSTEM, MA: ART AND PROCESS DEGREE SHOW, CIT CCAD, 29/11/18-14/12/18

Catalogue Statement for Memories of a Nervous System: My practice investigates uncanny vistas and defunct, disappearing buildings and technologies. I research theories surrounding the modern ruin, such as the contradiction between the utopic ideals of Modernity and its current tendency to evoke ideas of alienation, crime and dystopia. Forme, the solid aesthetics and materials ofContinue reading “MEMORIES OF A NERVOUS SYSTEM, MA: ART AND PROCESS DEGREE SHOW, CIT CCAD, 29/11/18-14/12/18”

Brutalism’s uncanny existence

Ruined modern spaces interrupt the flow of capitalism’s escalated sense of the present tense by creating somewhere a little more desolate, existing outside of one’s everyday city experience. As author and philosophy researcher Dylan Trigg writes, these spaces are haunting in that they insist upon the integration of the past into the present by troublingContinue reading “Brutalism’s uncanny existence”