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Artist: Kiera O'Toole

Portfolio of previous work (Please click on image to enlarge):

 
 

Artist Statement: O’Toole is an independent artist and practice-based researcher examining how humans experience, and form relationships with, the environment and the everyday. Through her focus on ‘pathic aesthetics’ O’Toole’s site-responsive drawing practice engages the atmospheric, material, temporal and corporeal aspects of sites in developing the work. These pathic responses in all their complexity: diversity, directness, universality and presentness; are evidence of how humans are both subject to, and affected by, the world that surrounds them.  By paying close attention to the atmospheres, resonances and material affects immanent to diverse environments O’Toole hopes to create a 'Holding Space' for something intermediate, something in and between us, a space where we can pay attention to the here and now which is always and already happening.

Biography: Kiera O'Toole is an artist and a PhD doctoral researcher at Loughborough University UK.  O’Toole’s practice and research examines site-responsive drawing in the environment. This is released both inside and outside the gallery space: site-specific drawing, public art, digital media, installation and sculpture. Recent exhibitions include ARTWORKS 2020, VISUAL Carlow, Carlow Arts Festival, Highlanes Gallery 2020, Beyond Drawing curated by Arno Kramer, Ballina Arts Centre, West Cork Arts Centre 2020. Upcoming exhibitions include CCA Derry, The Drawing Box, Mumbai and Walking Keshcorran’ which is a residency with Tommy Weir.  Recent residences include Project Anywhere which is a global bind peer-reviewed exhibition, conference and is led by the University of Melbourne and Parsons School of Art, NY.  O’Toole also publishes including contributing book chapters;  ‘Drawing from the Non-Place’ published by Cambridge Scholars in 2020 and a book chapter ‘Project Anywhere Biennial IV’, 2021 published by University of Melbourne. Kiera is a co-founder of Drawing deCentered which is professional artist-led collective that explores contemporary drawing practice in Ireland.