Ar Scáth A Chéile / In Each Others Shadow
MTU ARTS OFFICE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD EXHIBITION '23
ASHILING WALSH | RONJA LAGERQVIST | CHLOE O’HALLORAN | ZOE LE POUL
James Barry Exhibition Centre, MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork
23 January – 23 February 2023.
“Ar Scáth A Chéile / In Each Other’s Shadow”, MTU Arts Office annual exhibition focussing on the environment, features the work of early career artists who are recent graduates of MTU Crawford College of Art & Design.
The title comes from an old Irish saying “Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid”, which can be translated as “In the shadow of each other we prosper”. The exhibition aims to discuss the shadows we cast and the shadows we live with, the impacts our decisions have on each other, our relationship with the wider natural world, and our responsibilities as inhabitants of that world.
This is the third Ar Scáth A Chéile exhibition, and presents works from four MTU Crawford College of Art & Design BA Fine Art & BA Visual Communications graduates - Ashiling Walsh, Chloe O Halloran, Ronja Lagerqvist and Zoe Le Poul. Their works in drawing, print, text, textiles, and sculpture, explore the environments we create for ourselves and others. They investigate topics of abuse and domestic violence, mental health and isolation, the housing crisis and dereliction, sustainable print production and environmentally aware design.
Artists Details -
One in four women who have been in a relationship have been abused by a current or former partner. This body of work explores themes of feminism, specifically the female experience relating to domestic violence in Ireland. My practice is highly engaged with politics and current affairs and as a female artist, I was compelled to make this body of work as I feel passionately about injustice and abuse of privilege. My work is rooted in the process of making, creating a strong space that conveys a heightened sense of emotion for the viewer to engage with the work on a visceral level. This is accomplished through a mixed media approach, employing traditional female crafts such as sewing, applique and crochet, as well as traditional and non- traditional printmaking techniques. Bright colours are used to soften an uncomfortable topic, while tactile materials create an approachable pathway. Together these open the topic to begin a conversation.
Chloe O Halloran
My body of work portrays the struggle one can have with mental health. The mind can be a place of captivity and leave you feeling trapped within a hopeless head space. While researching I learned the alarming numbers of men and woman that lose their fight with depression within Ireland each year. I wanted to open the topic for discussion through my visual representation of this feeling of entrapment that depression can hold over people. The piece shows how struggling with your mental health can leave you feeling like you’re abandoned, caged, and suffocated.
I want this work to draw attention to the systems and practices in Ireland which have led to the current housing crisis, and the ways in which it has shaped the nation’s landscape. From the inability to afford habitable housing or it’s inevitable upkeep throughout the years, to the ever-growing plight of dereliction that has plagued our cities and towns.
I also want to highlight the negative impact this has had on the ever-increasing burden of homelessness. One of the consequences of the eagerness of planners and architects to create new build, while allowing deterioration and ultimate desolation blight the urban and rural landscape without addressing the needs of a changing and evolving economic and social situation.
The stationary used to hang the work, is a deliberate strategy that mimics the political, bureaucratic attitudes to this problem. Vulnerable facets of society hanging by a thread, their issues never properly addressed, while nimbyism and local political clout drive forward developments that only cater to a select few.
Zoe Le Poul
I’m an empathetic graphic designer advocating sustainable projects for companies that care about their environmental impact. I want to help organisations to improve their social and environmental impact through their visual communication. This critical and ethical approach raises awareness amongst consumers, industrialists and politicians on sustainable design solutions. This perspective of graphic design is a challenge that makes sense to me and one in which I can harmonize my personal values and my work.