Ciara Rodgers: MONUMENTS II (Memory Traces)
Ciara’s practice often involves historic and abandoned sites. Former future facing productions of man surrender progressively to nature in the form of the ruin and in the detritus of past technologies. Objects in the contemporary landscape do not simply disappear all in one go as if by magic but are relegated to obsolescence, haunting us like the living dead as they insist upon the integration of the past into the here and now.
The artist experiences brief moments of dislocation from the present whilst onsite, like dreams, false memories or scenes from books and cinema. There is a quiet displacement of half-hidden narratives that inhabit those spaces and she seeks to strike a balance between the nostalgia of ruins and a morbid enthusiasm for states of decay.
Time and place are blurred through Ciara’s charcoal drawings of structures and objects within non -descriptive vistas and through Polaroid narratives which often depict dreamlike excursions. Elevating these often-defunct structures to a higher level of appreciation, the artist refers to them as Monuments.
Ciara Rodgers is a visual artist living and working in Cork, Ireland. She previously studied a BA (Hons) Fine Art and has an MA in Art and Process (MA:AP) from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. An early career artist, examples of her work are held in private, corporate and college collections in Ireland. Notable recent exhibitions include ArtSevilla 2019|Bauhaus: 100 years since the total revolution of a language, group exhibition, Casa de la Provincia, Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain 28/11/19 – 12/1/2020 and Monuments of Abandoned Futures, solo exhibition, LHQ Gallery, Carrigrohane Road, Co. Cork 19/9/19 – 10/10/19. Ciara facilitates artist led workshops at the Glucksman UCC and enjoys the benefits that collaborative arts add to her individual practice.
This exhibition is supported by Waterford Cultural Quarter.
Tuesday 11:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:30
Thursday 11:00 - 17:30
Friday 11:00 - 17:30
Saturday 11:00 - 17:30