Draw out the Light, Charcoal on Paper, 26 x 132 inches, 2017.
Information on the process for this work can be read on blog post- https://ciararodgersartist.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/6marks-ccad-graduate-artists-wandesford-quay-gallery-cork-19th-25th-oct-2017/
The Ghost of George Boole, Acrylic and Stitch on Canvas, 2017. SOLD to a private collector in aid of Anita’s Orphanage, Cambodia.
Information on the process for this work can be read on blog post- https://ciararodgersartist.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/boolean-impressions/
Abandoned West Cork Series, 2017
The Goggin’s Hill Tunnel is the longest abandoned railway tunnel in Ireland measuring 906 yards in length, constructed between February 1850 and December 1851 by 300 men working day and night. It was once part of the Cork, Bandon, and South Coast Railway, in operation from 1851 and closing in 1961.
The presented photography works represent the infiltration of light and rainwater through one of the three ventilation shafts which were created to enable evacuation of steam and smoke from the steam locomotives of the time. These shafts have a chimney like structure above ground to prevent cattle or objects falling through which helped to create the interesting light patterns as the daylight pierced the darkness of the tunnel.
I grew up in the locality of the Goggin’s Hill Tunnel and listening to stories of the West Cork railway. The popularity of cars and lorries led to the closure of the railway despite the protests of the people of Cork. Many parts of this feat of Victorian engineering still exist, dotted along the landscape and serving as present day landmarks such as the magnificent Chetwynd Viaduct and the Halfway Viaduct.
Passages Drawing Series, 2017
Passage, sculpture made from welded steel, wood, flax, waxed paper, 18 x 22 feet square length, 6ft height x 3ft width, 2017
At our core, we remain unknown even to ourselves. Some elements remain unconscious and unformulated while we are fully aware of others. Certain environments can evoke an emotional response without us quite understanding the reasons, creating a feeling of the unknown or perhaps curiosity.
Isolated passageways in the work are intended to give the viewer a sense of foreboding, an ominousness. Psychological space shares a boundary with our immediate physical space. The viewer is invited to recognise uncertainty and to find their own way. Existential philosophy stresses the idea that we are all trying to find our place in the world despite facing the scientific picture of an infinite, labyrinthine universe.
This relationship between mind and space is described using architectural elements; arches, corridors, and doorways. The textural, grubby surface of the paper with elements of the working environment embedded in the wax, represents the known, concrete experiences of the past in contrast to the uncertain passageways of the future.
Psychological Space Drawing Series, 2016