ROOMIES presents, in close quarters, the work of 4 emerging artists based in Northern Ireland/Ireland and the US.
These young artists know rooms. They’ve spent A LOT of time in their bedrooms since graduating from MFA programs. They know how many paces it is from wall to wall, they know exactly how much pressure to apply to that floorboard so it creaks at precisely this frequency, they’ve gone diving for pearls under the carpet. Forming an alliance as ‘In-Motion’, a lock-down initiative of Chloe Austin, they’ve taught themselves how to open doors onto landscapes of the imagination and how to commune there.
And so, it is with this in mind that, The Dollhouse Space welcomes:
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Nollaig Molloy is a visual artist based in Roscommon, Ireland. Her practice explores materials from natural landscapes and sites, looking at their relevance to historical, social and industrial situations. She graduated from Belfast College of Art in 2020, with an MFA.
Nollaig was recently awarded a Development Residency with Belfast Print Workshop and Emerging Practice Award with Fingal Arts Office Dublin, Public Art Project Infrastructure. Past projects include working with Belfast-based improvisational vocal ensemble, HIVE Choir, a series of live radio broadcasts from a lake boat on the River Shannon and exploring rock salt from 1500 metres underground in a working salt mine in Northern Ireland. Recent exhibitions include: Grass Roots, Muine Bheag Arts, Co. Carlow and Catalyst Arts Belfast Graduate Award solo exhibition.
Éanna Mac Cana is an Irish Artist, Filmmaker and Editor. He primarily produces short film and documentary work using a number of techniques and formats: still, archival, thermal, recurring soundscapes, chemical, video, digital, macro-lens recordings, screen recordings and rotoscoping. He has been selected for numerous film festivals across Europe. As well as several solo and group shows, both nationally and internationally. In 2020, Mac Cana was commissioned by Northern Ireland Screen to make a mini-documentary on the history of Belfast City Hospital.
Chloe Austin (b.1995) is a multidisciplinary artist, working with performance, video, photography and creative writing in her current practice. Her work aims to capture the struggle and fragmentation of language, performing the body and our relationship with new technologies.
She holds a BA in Fine Art (Crawford College, Cork) and graduated with Distinction her MFA at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University in 2020.
Chloe's work has been exhibited and published throughout both Ireland and UK. In 2019, she was awarded the Alice Berger Hammerschlag Award from Belfast School of Art and the Cork Film Centre Exhibition Award in 2017. Her work has been displayed and promoted by galleries such as The MAC, GOMA Waterford, Golden Thread Gallery and Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
For ROOMIES, ArtEats performs a Kitchen Rescue.
ArtEats is a notional organisation offering nutritional advice and dietary tips for artists.
Kitsch Doom is an award winning visual artist and filmmaker based in Ireland. Kitsch graduated with a first class honours in BA Fine Art and Visual Culture in 2019 and recently obtained their MFA in Fine Art Media at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Inspired by theories on gender, sociology, and posthumanism, through performance, video, photography, and social media experiments Kitsch explores new ways of conceptualising ‘the self’.
Kitsch has recently won 4 awards for Best Experimental Film in New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Festigious Los Angeles and FilmCon for their recent video performance, ‘The Clothes Wear You’ (2020).
Kitsch has exhibited work both nationally and internationally and is represented by Stoney Road Press. Notable exhibitions include #ICPConcerned at the International Centre of Photography New York City, Ink Miami, London Original Print Fair, The RHA 191st Annual Exhibition and Galway International Arts Festival where they were awarded with the NUI Galway Purchase Prize. Kitsch’s work has been collected by NUI Galway, The United Arts Club, Wexford Arts Centre and other private collections.