Meet me on the astral plane | Exhibition essay by Sara Muthi

This essay was written by curator and writer Sara Muthi to accompany my solo exhibition ‘Meet me on the astral plane’, showing at the Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, from the 29th November – 22nd December 2021. The visual arts are a twofold process. Step one concerns the artist, their intention to create. Making. Step twoContinue reading “Meet me on the astral plane | Exhibition essay by Sara Muthi”

The Gasp

I gasped.A gasp is a sudden, involuntary intake of break. The mouth opens. Air is dragged down the opened throat. Resonating within the body, the gasp is a sound of subjectivity as it registers a shocking, sudden, unexpectedly affecting encounter with something seen, felt or done to the body….An acoustic after-affect, it sonorously registers theContinue reading “The Gasp”

Notes from the painter’s studio

Contemporary Painting, the Artist’s Studio and the Production of Knowledge. This text responds to a six month collaborative research group on ‘the artists studio’ with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, facilitated by Nathan O’Donnell. February – August 2020. Both the discipline of painting and the tradition of the artist’s studio may first appear moreContinue reading “Notes from the painter’s studio”

‘Looking Again’; Minor Practices within Contemporary Painting and the Production of Knowledge

This blog post introduces my current research, focusing on my proposal to ‘look again’ at contemporary painting practices as a form of knowledge production, by shifting our attention to how the viewer encounters the work. Future posts will expand on, put into practice, and perform the methodology introduced here.  My proposal to ‘look again’, asContinue reading “‘Looking Again’; Minor Practices within Contemporary Painting and the Production of Knowledge”

Notes from not in the studio

This text was written in lock-down, as part of a research group on the artist’s studio with the Irish Museum of Modern Art That line of Adorno’s, that to write poetry after Auschwitch is barbaric (1949), keeps drifting into my head. I think about it differently now than I did before.  A friend of mine,Continue reading “Notes from not in the studio”

Susanne Wawra: Painting memory, subjectivity, emergence

Shortly after the opening of A Vague Anxiety (April-August 2019) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), their first exhibition to specifically show a group of ‘emerging artists’, I arranged to meet Susanne Wawra in the gallery. We’re familiar with each other from college, she having graduated a year ahead of me from theContinue reading “Susanne Wawra: Painting memory, subjectivity, emergence”

Algorithmic Futures; Theorising through Fantasising

How can we theorise the societal and ethical implications of technology which does not yet, and may never, exist? Technological advances and a society increasingly governed by algorithms and big data introduce innumerable potential political and ethical issues for our future. It can be difficult to take many of these potentialities seriously as theoretical concerns,Continue reading “Algorithmic Futures; Theorising through Fantasising”

Dear Chris Kraus,

Dear Chris Kraus, I am moved to write to you in my attempt to think through that which has fixed in my mind after re-reading Aliens and Anorexia, and returning to I Love Dick also, ideas that are  difficult to fix into writing. Many of the recurrent compulsions in your writing; female sexuality, putting theContinue reading “Dear Chris Kraus,”