Still Life

Still life is an ongoing series of 32 black and white drawings created in 2017
and are also form part of a larger installation. Underpinning the inspiration for Still Life
are two very different art forms namely: Silent Movies and Still Life painting genre. In
the early 20th century, Silent Movies were the very epitome of Still life is a large, site-specific,
mixed-media installation. With ongoing support from the barracks and arts funding from Dublin
City Council, this project is a unique collaboration between the artist, the barracks and Women's
Refuge Centre Rathmines. It comprises 72 drawings; the artist's b+w studies intertwined with
colour still lifes (created by the women).

“Domestic violence is neither new nor a localised problem, it can be found all over the world and
evidence of it can be found as far back as written history goes and, throughout history many
of the behaviours now thought of as domestic violence have been both legal and socially acceptable.
Still life draws on two very different artforms i.e Silent Movies and Still Life painting genre.

In the early 20th century, black and white, silent movies were the very epitome of modernity,
entertaining; thrilling people with their magical properties of large, collective, immersive
screenings in the dark. Communicating without sound or colour, they ingeniously found ways
to share a range of emotions, sounds and sites to tell stories, using only images, emphasis,
atmosphere, text and inter titles. 'Still life' as an art genre can be traced back as far as Roman
and Egyptian mural-painting and focuses on the intimate and domestic realm and the
human connection to the everyday, the domestic, family and home. Bringing these strategies
into play I explore, alongside the women, the complex terrain of Domestic Abuse from multiple
viewpoints and perspectives that also attempts to embrace the subjective, lived experience.”

Below are some examples of drawings from this ongoing series Still Life Drawing
media ranges from: willow charcoal; Indian ink; conte and white ink on black and white Fabriano
paper size: All images are approximately 8 x 10 ins. These are followed by a selection of the
'still lifes' create by the individual 'Women from the Refuge' artists over a period of three months in
situ in Women's Refuge, Rathmines, Dublin.

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