Drawing

Selected Large-scale Drawings

Las Venus I, 2019, Monuments of Abandoned Futures, Solo Exhibition, LHQ Gallery, Cork, Charcoal and Pastel on Fabriano, 150 x 165cm
Las Venus II, 2019, Monuments of Abandoned Futures, Solo Exhibition, LHQ Gallery, Cork, Charcoal and Pastel on Fabriano, 150 x 150cm
Las Venus III, 2019, Monuments of Abandoned Futures, Solo Exhibition, LHQ Gallery, Cork, Charcoal and Pastel on Fabriano, 150 x 180cm


Las Venus Drawing Series 2019

The production of these large scale charcoal drawings draw on the relationship we have with the modernist built environment and the values or lack thereof we impose on it. A result of fieldwork and archival research of these defunct architectural structures, the artist is fascinated by certain aspects of Utopian mid-century modernism such as the retro futuristic legacy of the popular 1960’s animation, The Jetsons
Her solo 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 re-imagines rusty pipelines, buildings and bridges as monuments. Taking her 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’s already there 

Juncture I, 2018, CIT Purchase Prize, Memories of a Nervous System, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Masters Degree Show, Charcoal and pastel on Fabriano, 137 x137cm
Juncture II, 2018, shortlisted for selection in The Derwent Drawing Prize 2020, Memories of a Nervous System, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Masters Degree Show, Charcoal and pastel on Fabriano, 140 x140cm

Juncture Drawing Series, 2018

Investigating uncanny vistas and defunct, disappearing buildings and technologies, Ciara researched 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. For her, the solid aesthetics and materials of Modernist and Brutalist architecture challenge an increasingly less physical and less truthful relationship with the world.

Selected Medium-scale Drawings

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