Nicola Sheehan is a visual artist based in Cork, Ireland. She received a First Class Honours BA in Fine Art in 2021 from MTU Crawford College of Art & Design. She works primarily with expanded printmaking techniques, utilising a combination of both digital and analogue processes. Her body is the subject matter in the work which studies women from history and mythology who have been inaccurately or unfairly represented. The work is heavily research based, and aims to empower these characters by studying and re-telling the narrative in an unbiased manner. For her degree show work, she was awarded the MTU Graduate Residency Award (Print), the MTU Graduate Residency Award (Materials Store) and the MTU Student Engagement Exhibition Award. Collections include: Tyndall Institute, OPW, MTU, and Cork City Council.
Exhibitions: MTU Student Engagement Exhibition (2021), Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition (AIMPE), Inbe Art Space (2021), ‘Subject to Change’, Crawford College of Art & Design (2021), State of Print (SOP), Limerick City Gallery of Art (2019-20), sense/ability, The Gallery @ CSN (2017)
My body is the subject matter within the work, which explores different mythological women whose stories intrigue me. The materiality of my work is both digital and analogue, and features large-scale cyanotype prints which I opt to naturally expose in daylight. My current work depicts the story and struggles of Helen of Troy, a woman who was wronged and inaccurately represented. The display consists of accurately scaled silhouettes of my body, allowing for a fair and accurate representation of female self and accomplishment – something which Helen was deprived of. Blue tones in the digital prints combined with those in the fabric pieces reference the lapis lazuli pigment used in many religious paintings. It was once believed that only men were skilled enough to be trusted with the pigment, however, evidence has emerged in recent years suggesting that it was also used by women as far back as the 9th century.
Membership: Backwater Artists Network