Describing Architecture

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Blackrock, Salthill / Noelle Gallagher


Oil and Digital Print on board
800 x 600mm

My practice is concerned with inhabiting the physical world. Choosing a visual language that combines new media with traditional oil paint, I work with the tension between these two forms; the fixity of torn digital prints, and the fluidity of thinned oil paint. I am interested in the materiality of paint and its ability to represent and disrupt, to feed the viewer’s hunger for recognizable imagery, yet challenge them to see paint as just random marks on a surface.

In Blackrock, Salthill I focus my attention on the iconic diving tower (designed by E.R. Ryan) which has anchored memories for the individual and the collective since the fifties.