The Cold wind blew, no roof as we drove, Sitting on the wheel, off to the mountain, Along journey for a child, no time to play, All day picking stone after stone, purple hands, The heat distant, the open land, One day empty, next day a forest. The darkness set in, I was not to know. Poem by Sinead Curran..
This exhibition explores the forest landscape over a period of plantation to maturation. A dialogue emerges between the plantation landscape and the built environment that examines the way people observe and relate to the natural landscape. The idea that what we might believe in at first and later become aware that this reality is not necessarily what is right, Gregory Batemon’s refers to this as his epistemological premise. Archival images are revisited 35 years later, now a place of displacement, uncertainty and disillusionment. The work for this exhibition has been created while on residency at the Darkroom. Sinéad Curran is based in Dublin and has an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT. Original text by Sue Rainsford will accompany the exhibition. And Sinead’s First Dummy book Spruce by Sinead
Sinéad’s work is fundamentally based on how human’s interact with space and place, both urban and rural, domestic and public. Her research is driven by images, both moving and still, to understand how images can historically represent place. She is drawn to the materials of an image creating a displacement of both material and narrative in the work. Through the adoption of real narratives, her questions draw influence from varied disparate ideas within architectural and the natural environment history.
During the Darkroom residency Sinéad created her first dummy photobook, from new and older images taken over the past two years. She experimented with analogue photography using medium format Hasselblad camera, she developed the negatives and printed them in the Darkroom and are exhibited in this exhibition. She also experimented with expired colour film, merged them with digital photographs creating unique painterly, other worldly images.
Sinead started to collect stones and photography them, this was evoked from a memory of childhood, when she collected stones to clear the land with her family, for the planting of new trees. These images and the stones become an important element in this body of work. In addition, a number of positive/negative prints were created from the digital images, all part of an experimental and open approach to new ways of seeing and working.
Sinéad Curran is a multidisciplinary visual artist, mainly focused on photographic processes. She has exhibited both in Ireland and internationally. Her work has been included most recently in 2018 at The Wexford Doc Film Festival, in 2016 Tulca: A Headless City, in 2015 solo exhibition at Rua Red Gallery, Dublin, in 2013 solo exhibition at Illuminations Gallery NUI Maynooth, Con-glom-er-ate, curated by Catalyst Arts, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 183rd Annual RHA Show, and Artists on Architecture, curated by Oonagh Young, Tullamore County Council Building, Co. Offaly.
Sinéad has participated in residency programs at The Darkroom in Dublin (2019), Cow House Studios, Wexford (2018), BAIR, Banff, Canada (2017), Rua Red Tallaght Ireland (2014-2015), Fire Station Artists Studios Digital Media Residency, Dublin, Ireland (2013), and IAM Berlin (2012).
She has received a number of awards including the South Dublin Artist Bursary Award (2017 & 2006), Create Artist in the Community Award (2010), Ealain Na Gaeltachta (2007 & 2009).