Ciara Rodgers is a practicing visual artist based in Cork City, Ireland and works from her studio at Backwater Artists Group.
She began life as a young carer growing up with an Autistic sibling with special needs and initially studied Montessori Education. Ciara had a career in Special Education for seven years and created art in her spare time to express her own voice in a chaotic home and work environment. Some of the methods prescribed by Dr. Maria Montessori such as learning from “concrete to abstract” have found their way into her current art practice and she credits her sibling for her sensitivity towards place.
Ciara studied a BA (hons) Fine Art, graduating in 2017 and has an MA in Art and Process (MA:AP) from MTU Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork (2018). An early career artist, examples of her work are held in private, corporate and college collections in Ireland, Europe and Australia.
Ciara works in a variety of media including drawing, photography, performance and installation, often taking site specificity and architectural spaces as her starting point. She deals with themes such as nostalgia, ruins, failure, restrictions, freedoms and self -determination. She explores how the built environment has both a direct and indirect effect on physical senses, mood, emotions, and motivations.
Notable recent exhibitions include C L O S E R, Lavit Gallery Cork, curated by Janice Hough (IMMA) 05/05/22- 28/05/22 and the 192nd RHA ANNUAL EXHIBITION, Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Pl, Dublin, 23 May 2022 – 24 July, 2022
Ciara also engages many participants in outreach art projects including women experiencing homelessness, high risk young adults, LGBTQ+ groups and Young Carers with CETB, The Glucksman Gallery and UCC.