ABOUT THE ARTIST
Áine Ní Chíobháin is an artist born in Cork City with family roots in Corca Dhuibhne. She is living and working in Dingle, since 2007. She has an Honours Degree from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork City. Her artwork is found in many public and private collections including HETAC, CIT and Kerry County Council, Ireland. She is a recipient of numerous awards including bursary awards, project awards, and residency awards from Ealaín na Gaeltachta (Arts Council of Ireland & Údarás na Gaeltachta), Kerry County Council and Cork Film Centre. She has been selected for ongoing commissions by South Wind Blows with funding allocated from Derry City Council & Derry-Londerry Capital of Culture and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
She has participated in residencies at Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Ireland (2015), Wild Valley Art Park, Sydney, Australia (2013), The Parlour Studios (ResArtis), Melbourne, Australia, (2013), An Lab, Dingle, Ireland (2011) and more. She is currently undertaking a residency program as part of the Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ballinskelligs 2015 to create an edition of copper-plate etchings.
Recent solo exhibitions include Istigh sa Ghleann, Wild Valley Art Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2013, Guthanna Eile, Féile na Bealtaine 2011.
Áine was officially selected for Impressions Biennale 920140, Tionól, Sabhal Mór Ostaigh, Isle of Skye, (2013), Orgi 4, Kings ARI, Sydney, Australia (2013), RHA 182nd Annual Exhibition, RHA Galley, Dublin. (2012), Crosbhóthar, Dingle, Connemara and Donegal and on The National Gallery of Ireland, Culture Night (2011 & 2012), Cork Arttrail, Tig Filí, Cork (2004/2005), Labyrinth at Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, a Cork European Capital of Culture commission (2005), And Introducing, West Cork Arts Centre (2003).
Ní Chíobháin has exhibited in many group exhibitions and installations in An Lab, Dingle, (2012), Greenlane Gallery, Dingle & Greenlane Gallery Paris, (2007- 2015), St. John’s Theatre & Art Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Síamsa Tíre Galllery, Tralee, (2008), Áras Éanna, Inis Oirr, (2004), Ionad an Teanga Labhartha, UniversityCollegeCork, (2003), Ionad an Bhlascaod (OPW), Dunquin, Co. Kerry, (2003), Cork ArtTrail, Tig Filí, (2004/2005), Cork Artsfest, CIT, (2002) and more.
For me art is a compulsion to connect with my surroundings, and create a sense of place. The process of making art is born out of innate curiosity and excitement at phenomenal occurrences around me.
When I resonate with an image I attempt to encapsulate its essence through drawing, print and mixed media paintings. The work is visceral, with knitted lines and distressed surfaces. I like to explore traditional mediums, and the dichotomy of my urban and rural upbringing. At times I amplify my findings with new media techniques. The pieces develop further when all references are put away.
Artworks are enriched by back-stories, field trips and investigation into the meaning of people and place. With copperplate etchings there is an element of surprise that I enjoy. As I develop my processes I draw more and more from memory and imagination.