“My studio practice includes charcoal drawing, polaroid photography and sculptural installation, purposely pre-digital era media. Coming of age at the dawn of the internet in Ireland has left me with a curiosity of what our world looked like before 1995, along with some hazy childhood memories. I’m currently interested in the relationship we have the built environment and the memories or recollection it can conjure within. My work often involves historic site visits and these locations can be haunting and uncanny, insisting upon the integration of the past into the here and now. There are brief moments of dislocation from the present, like a dream, a false memory from a book or a scene from a movie. Talking to locals and hearing their experiences, myths and speculations around these sites further compounds this feeling for me and I imagine their own hazy childhood memories in action. I intend to blur time and place through my large-scale charcoal drawings of structures and objects floating within non -descriptive vistas and Polaroid narratives which depict jarring but dreamlike excursions.”
Ciara Rodgers (1982) is visual artist living and working in Cork, Ireland. She previously studied a BA (hons) Fine Art and has an MA in Art and Process (MA:AP) from Crawford College of Art and Design. An emerging artist, examples of her work are held in private, corporate and college collections in Ireland. Recent residencies include a Graduate Studio Residency with MA:AP and the Artist in Residence in a Care Setting initiative supported by Age and Opportunity. Notable recent exhibitions include ArtSevilla 2019|Bauhaus: 100 years since the total revolution of a language, group exhibition, Casa de la Provincia, Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain 28/11/19 – 12/1/2020 and Monuments of Abandoned Futures, solo exhibition, LHQ Gallery, Carrigrohane Road, Co. Cork 19/9/19 – 10/10/19. Ciara facilitates artist led workshops at the Glucksman UCC and enjoys the benefits that collaborative arts add to her individual practice.