Supported Summer Residency: Week 3

Supported Summer Residency: Week 3

This is the third update from our Supported Summer Residency. For all of us at Cow House, it has been a tremendous experience thus far. One aspect that has been particularly enjoyable for us is the opportunity to become more well acquainted with many artists we’ve admired from afar for some time. We’re sure these relationships will continue to grow and we hope to share these experiences with our students in the future through studio visits and future workshops.

Aileen Murphy

I never plan what to draw. I figure it out as I go, through intuition; a gathered experience of drawing and everything that surrounds the days. I work quickly; a quick line, wash, colour. The build-up of energy and concentration gathered as I move through my drawing process is something that keeps me there. This drawing that I donate to Cow House is titled “Run into”, made with ink on paper. These two figures stand together, maybe sweating, maybe crying, maybe shedding. Whatever is happening, to me it seems it is because of their coming together.


Ciara Roche

Starbucks Study 1 is a painting that was made during the Cow House Residency. It is from an ongoing body of work around places of recreation and leisure, places where a particular lifestyle is aspired to, and places that are transitory that we inhabit for a short time and leave little imprint. It is perhaps a questioning of this consumerist culture that, in these times, has become even more relevant.




Sanja Todorovic

Sanja Todorovic is an artist based in Dublin. Primarily a painter, she is currently preoccupied with making embroideries. The donated piece, finished earlier this year, is tenth in the series called Heralds. Combining specific textural qualities of embroidered cloth with the graphic flatness of repetitive pattern, these works try to reflect on the wider ideas of materiality, time, and artistic value. Number ten started with an object–a seashell–and ended up a weird and bubbling puzzle.


Yvette Monahan

The Time of Dreaming the World Awake is a portrait of a place, a landscape of possibility.

I was drawn to this small region in Southern France by the story of Bugarach, the ‘magic’ mountain. Bugarach was somehow connected to a Mayan prophecy which indicated that the world as we know it, would end on December 21st, 2012. The prophecy claimed that this date would mark the beginning of a new era for humanity, a new and sublime future. Bugarach was to be the first bastion of this modern Arcadia.

Nothing happened that December. Despite this, I realised how important it was for me to believe in the possibility of an idyll, even if it only existed in my mind.



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