Róisín O’Sullivan’s practice explores process, surface, and experimentation through painting, wood-burning and wood-carving techniques. The work stems from her own experience of nature, but slips into abstraction through intuition and mark-making within the studio process. Looking to the landscape as a source of inspiration, the influence of line, topography and repetition are evident within the paintings and wood-carvings. The works are minimalist, complex and poetic pieces that slow the viewer down to consider the complexity and fragility of nature as an abstracted subject. Over the past year, Róisín has introduced Yakisugi/ Shou Sugi Ban into her practice, which is a traditional Japanese method of wood burning that preserves the material. Using a Dremel as a drawing tool to carve into the burnt wood, the influence of Japanese and Asian art is ever present in her work.
Recent achievements include: opening her fifth solo exhibition in February 2020, titled This Place at The Jennings Gallery, University College Cork. In 2020, Róisín received a bursary award from the Cork County Council for a two-week residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation. In early 2020, she participated in residencies at PADA Art Residency (Portugal), Cill Rialaig Artists’ Retreat (Kerry), and at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Monaghan), an awarded bursary by the Cork County Council. In 2019 she completed a one-month residency at Kilnagleary Artist Studios (Cork), which was supported by the Cork County Council. She has exhibited in group exhibitions throughout Ireland and the U.K and has more recently participated in online exhibitions organised in Portugal and the United States. In 2015, Róisín achieved her Masters in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, and was the sole recipient of her year to be awarded a six-month printmaking residency at Croydon School of Art (U.K), where she also exhibited a solo exhibition at the Parfitt Gallery.