Grad Award Exhibition | Roots
Each year GOMA awards selected recent graduates in Ireland with an exhibition. This year graduates of Waterford Institute of Technology & Crawford College of Art and Design highlight the wealth of talent graduating annually.
The exhibition showcases the work of two emerging artists from across a range of disciplines. The diversity of practice on show combined with a variety of methodologies creates interesting tensions for the viewer. Artists exhibiting as part of this exhibition are Marco di Sante and Monika Kosmowska.
Marco di Sante: I was born in Italy and I have been living in Ireland since 2010. I am an emerging artist who recently graduated in Visual Art from SETU Waterford and currently attending the MFA year 1 at NCAD Dublin.
My research focus and works point of departure come from my intercultural background. The work is multi-disciplinary and often explores concepts and concerns with nature, it’s preservation, ancient cultures and impact on human emotions.
Monika Kosmowska: My work is about drifting from place to place without knowing where you’re going or where you came from. It depicts a Polish landscape and bus stops that appear to be out of use. The paintings are meant to evoke feelings of discomfort and nostalgia; feelings you might have towards a place you wouldn’t call home, as they represent the lack of it, but a place you are still strangely familiar with. The work is postcard sized and painted with acrylic on watercolour paper, further emphasizing the idea the passage through time and space.
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