Suzy O'Mullane, Strange Occurrences,  Compressed charcoal and oil crayon on paper, 2017

Strange Occurrences copy, 50 x 35cm, Comp charc and oil crayon, 2017.jpg
Strange Occurrences copy, 50 x 35cm, Comp charc and oil crayon, 2017.jpg

 Suzy O'Mullane, Strange Occurrences,  Compressed charcoal and oil crayon on paper, 2017

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 Suzy O'Mullane, Strange Occurrences,  Compressed charcoal and oil crayon on paper, 2017

Be Still is a series of new works on paper and canvas executed in France and in Ireland. These works form a loose narrative reflecting ideas about the human condition: how we feel about ourselves, how we communicate, our needs and desires, how we place ourselves in society, how we are affected by fate and free will. The eyes reveal the secrets to the soul. We can communicate an entire universe of power and intent through silence, how the heart gets broken and how it heals, how the world propels onwards continuously, how we connect and disconnect. We are capable of great beauty and innocence, but also of cataclysmic destruction.

 

These paintings communicate our experience, through gesture and gaze, mainly using human and animal depiction. They highlight our innocence and our desires. At a time of mass communication, external noise, seething masses, sometimes it is enough just to be still.

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Suzy O’ Mullane is a visual artist who has been practicing and exhibiting consistently in Dublin, London, NY, Berlin and LA since 1996. Throughout her practice, she has developed and employs multiple encoded forms that have become personal allegorical references. Her work conceptualises emotional experience, personal and societal identity, and memory through the mediums of painting, drawing, video, performance and writings.

 

O’ Mullane’s work conceptualises emotional experience and memory, relating to a particular identity, place, memory, or personal connections. Formally, her paintings and drawings are executed in oil and charcoal on canvas or paper. Scale oscillates between very large (maximum 7ft x 10ft) and small/intimate. Her video, collaborative and performance work supports and intersects with the 2D work, and relies on written narrative and layers of associated imagery.

 

O’ Mullane was educated at UCC (BA English) and Crawford College of Art and Design (BA Fine Art (Hons) and Post-Grad. She is co-founder and former director for 6 years of ArtTrail Cork, Cork. Notably, her work has been presented at Context NYC, Art Miami, Art Toronto, Art Chicago, Art Wynwood, Art Palm Beach, Aqua Miami as well as in many solo exhibitions. She has held solo exhibitions at Skotia Gallery, LA, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland, Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Tralee, Blueleaf Gallery, Dublin, and Origin Gallery, Dublin. Her work is represented in many public and private collections in the US and Europe, including Crawford Municipal Gallery, TCD, UCD, UCC, and OPW.

 

Recent, current and forthcoming projects since 2016: Irish Wave: The Birth of a Nation, Identity, Struggle, group exhibitions (by invitation), Beijing and Shanghai, March - April 2016, The Seduction of Cathleen Ni Houlihan, solo exhibition, The Origin Gallery, from April 28, 2016, Context Art Fair, 3 - 8 May 2016, The Wounded Deer (invited artist) Melbourne, September 2017. Boyle Arts Festival (invited) July 2017. Aqua Miami December 2016 and Solo Exhibition with Phylogeny Contemporary Gallery, Seattle, August 2017

 

O’ Mullane is currently represented by J Cacciola Gallery NJ, The Origin Gallery Dublin and Phylogeny Contemporary Gallery Seattle. Also Pierogi Gallery NY flat files.

 

Critical essays and Reviews (selected):

Essays

Sean Kissane (writer and curator IMMA): Signs, Suzy O’ Mullane, Publ. Blueleaf Gallery, 2010

Pritika Chowdry (writer and curator University of Wisconsin): Suzy O’ Mullane: A Visceral Encounter, Publ. Blueleaf Gallery, 2010

Alastair MacLennen (former Head of MA at Ulster University, performance artist): Reflections on the colour of Love and Loss, publ. Triskel Arts Centre, 2005

Dr. Michael Casey(art historian and curator), Understanding the Colour, publ. Triskel Arts Centre, 2005

Jane Ross (art historian and curator, Toronto, Canada) Tempest, publ. Blueleaf Gallery, 2011

Peter Murray, Anatomy of Discomfort catalogue essay, Blueleaf Gallery, 2001

Catherine Boucher-Beug (American artist and art critic based in Ireland), Drawing Intelligence, Weimar Mouth catalogue, Blueleaf Gallery 2003

Dr. Joachim Beug (retired German professor UCC), Sitting for Suzy, Weimar Mouth catalogue, Blueleaf Gallery 2003

 

Publications

Contemporary Art From Cork C2, Published by the Crawford Municipal Gallery and Gandon Editions 2005

Backwater Artists: 20 Years in the Bag, published by Backwater Artists, essays by Vera Ryan, 2010

UCC catalogue, essays by Vera Ryan

Imago Mundi Catalogue

 

Reviews (selected)

LA Scene, Skotia Gallery, LA weekly, Dec. 2 – 8, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2011

RTE Radio 1, The Arts Show, May 21st 2009

Aidan Dunne, Art to fill the void created by loss, Irish Times, May 14th 2009

Coagula art Journal, Suzy O’ Mullane At Skotia Gallery, By admin2 | February 9, 2012 - 12:23 pm

Anna Crudge, Art Reflecting Life and Death, Irish Examiner, 21 May 2009

Rosita Sweetman: Haunting Art From the Heart, Irish Times Magazine, May 16, 2009

LA Scene, Skotia Gallery, LA weekly, Dec. 2 – 8, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2011

David Looby, Art in the Heart of Wexford, Wexford Echo (Opera Guide), 2006

Aidan Dunne, Paradise Lost but Atmosphere Found, Irish Times March 2005

Aidan Dunne, Playing all Parts In A Series of Portraits, Irish Times, 10 November 2003

Eoin English, Author Higgins a work of art, Irish Examiner, 23 September 2003

Alannah Hopkin, A Celebration of Portraiture, Irish Examiner, 16 September 2003

Aidan Dunne, Snapshots of a Lost and Quieter Era, Irish Times, July 2001