Carolyn Collier | In the Making

Video essay. Release date Monday, 15 March 2021, 9am

The visual essay is a phenomenological interpretation of the process of making and the aesthetic engagement of materials within this process as experienced in the studio. The visual essay translates this experience of making as a performative encounter.

Carolyn Collier | In The Making – video essay from Backwater Artists Group on Vimeo.

Live Online Performance, Thursday, 18 March, 3pm. Link for live-stream:

Carolyn Collier is an artist working with installation, performance, video and photography. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative practice with UCC and Artist in Residence with Cork Film Centre.

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions Carolyn Collier’s Art Short, takes the form of a virtual artist residency in lieu of access to the Studio 12 exhibition/project space as intended.

The virtual residency begins with the release of a video essay, a format that the artist has been using throughout her PhD research. Her residency will conclude with a live-streamed performance via YouTube.

The research questions within her current practice include:

  • How can a focus on the process of making bring a transparency to the relationship of perception and fine art?
  • What aspects of the structural experience within performance work support this perception?
  • To what extent can our awareness of image consciousness within a performance enhance our aesthetic experience of the work?

Performance work can help us comprehend the very nature of experience itself when presented as a shared experiential process. Artworks have the capacity to record the human experience, including aspects of the lived experience that reference space, time and movement and an observation of time unfolding. Collier believes that performance work can do this in a most particular way.

The Human Animal, Backwater’s 2021 artistic programme, is supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award and through the Cork City Council Project Scheme.