Andrew Carroll


Andrew Carroll holds a BA (Hons.) and MA in Visual Arts Practice, from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Dun Laoghaire (2008, 2010). Previous to studying art, he studied architecture and design. He was a recipient of an Arts Council Bursary for his project Silhoutopia (2009). He has exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition on two occasions (2011 and 2014), and other shows include Space_Scope (a solo exhibition at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2011), Idionumina (an exhibition exploring alternative spaces for the display of contemporary art, curated by Maria Tanner and Deirdre Southey, Graignamanagh 2012), Cork Photo Festival of Photography (2016 and 2018), the Lavit Gallery Members Exhibition (2018, 2019 and 2021), and the Backwater Artist’s Network exhibition A Moment Before Lockdown (2020). He co-curated Remaining Places with Backwater director Elaine Coakley at Fota House in 2022, a show comprised of work from the Backwater Artists Network. Recent shows have included New Reality: Contemporary Collage in Ireland (Cork 2022 and Dublin 2023), Hand of Man (Backwater Artists Studios 2023, curated by Stella Kramer) and Travels in Hyperreality (at Crane Visual 2023, curated by Dermot Browne). He also writes poetry.

Artist Statement

In my practice, instead of imprisoning the viewer within a specific, authoritarian interpretation of the art-piece or exhibition, I create a space within the formal and symbolic structure of the work, within which they can act as agents of meaning-making. Between naivety and experience, between innocence and guilt, between wound and healing, between cohesion and discordance, between figuration and abstraction, between flatness and depth, &c. potential narratives can be derived and interrogations of the viewer’s position in relation to the object of the artwork, can be conducted. This notwithstanding, beneath the flickering surface of this space of interpretation, an original desire or intention remains intact, somehow.


Instagram @andrew_carroll_art

Membership: Backwater Artists Network
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