Landscape - NOMINEE: Sinead Curran
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This body of work explores the forest landscape over a period of plantation to maturation from early 1990s to 2015. The Sitka spruce is a conifer introduced from Canada to Irish forestry in the early 1900s by Augustine Henry. I have taken images of the Sitka in it's native Canada while on residency in Banff. Archival images are also included in the series taken by my father over a period of 6 years in the early 1990s, I returned. I began taking images in 2015 of the same landscape on as the matured trees were being cut, a new house was being built, observing how landscape of my childhood had changed and also the environmental impact the trees have had on this landscape.
I am a multidisciplinary visual artist working in photography and film. My work explores human relationship with space and the landscape, I am interested in understanding how images can historically represent place. I am drawn to the materials of an image creating a displacement of both material and narrative in the work. Through the adoption of real narratives in the work, questions draw influence from varied disparate ideas within architectural and the history of natural environment.
I have exhibited both in my home country of Ireland and internationally. My work has been included most recently in a solo exhibitions at The Linenhall Arts Centre, PhotoIreland Festival 2019, The Wexford Doc Film Festival 2018, solo at Rua Red Gallery, Dublin and in 2013 a solo exhibition at Illuminations Gallery NUI Maynooth, Group exhibition participation includes Tulca: A Headless City in 2016, Con-glom-er-ate, curated by Catalyst Arts, Catalyst Arts, Belfast 2012, 183rd Annual Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin, and Artists on Architecture curated by Oonagh Young at Tullamore County Council Building Co. Offaly.
I have participated in residency programs at The Darkroom, Dublin (2019), the Cow House Studios, Wexford (2018), BAIR at Banff Center for Arts & Creativity, Canada (2017), Rua Red Tallaght Ireland (2014-2015), Fire Station Artists Studios Digital Media Residency, Dublin, Ireland (2013), and IAM Berlin (2012). I am a recipient of funding awards including South Dublin Artist Bursary Award (2017 & 2006), Create Artist in the Community Award (2010), Ealain Na Gaeltachta (2007 & 2009).
Born in Waterford, I currently live and work in Dublin, Ireland. After graduating from the Institute of Art and Design Dun Laoghaire with an BA in Visual Arts Practice in 2007, I went on to complete an MA also at IADT in 2010.