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Clodagh Emoe: I Am Somewhere Here
Process Room, 21.03.06- 02.04.06
Recently Clodagh Emoe has been using the device of the map to investigate “our efforts to position ourselves in relation to a universe that renders us perplexingly irrelevant”1. Similar to the obsessive activities of the medieval cartographer Clodagh’s practice blurs the boundaries between research and art. This emphasis on research has enabled a new point of departure in Clodagh’s practice. I am Somewhere Here exposes the possibilities that occur with communication and collaboration.
I am Here Somewhere, Clodagh Emoe’s current solo-show at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, articulates the inherent desire to succumb to the void whilst exposing the constraints both physical and mental, of the human condition. The project I am Somewhere Here is a direct response by some of Clodagh Emoe’s peers to her current solo-show and their dialogue on themes that pertain to the notion of the void.
The essence of Naomi Bishop’s paintings is a shared interest for both art and science; they become intertwined in a form that is simultaneously captivated by it and questioning of it. Speculation takes on it’s own role in defining understanding and creates definitions of what is known and unknown. Colin Crotty’s work is concerned with memory and perception. Intrigued by nostalgic and idealistic senses indicative to that found in certain twentieth century literature he establishes associations between the “parochial tale” and the classic novel. Belen Uriel’s photography and video work reference the sublime by capturing on film the dissipating landscape. Referencing the formal beauty of modernist architecture, Camilla Lyon places emphasis on the often-failed ideals that they represent. Anna Barham’s sculptures are reflections on what it means to exist physically in the world – spatial and material investigations into the overlooked of the everyday. Tom Wolseley combines different media to make visible the linguistic manoeuvres he finds necessary to define himself while Vera Lossau’s work could be understood as a dutiful awareness of self which is a persistent joy of enquiry into nothingness.
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1 Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, February ‘06