Aideen Barry

Monachopsis Drawing, No. 58

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Year 2021
Medium Pencil, ink, and watercolour on Fabriano paper
Dimensions 21 x 30 cm
Nominated by Jacqui McIntosh

About the work

The Monachopsis Drawings are a series of drawings I have been creating during a number of lockdowns in Ireland. I set myself the task of creating a drawing or two every-single day, partly as a distraction and partly as a metaphysical antidepressant. The drawings were also informed by my research into artists who lived through or were affected by previous “plagues”, such as Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch and the black humour of Breughel the Elder. It was the Dutch artist’s works that really left the greatest impression on me, and the series skirts the line between humour and horror, sometimes feeling claustrophobic and paralyzing and at other times unnervingly funny. I quite like creating tension on the page and seeing what happens when the work is put out to the public. The word ‘Monachopsis’ means to feel maladapted or out of place in the world. I think right now we all can relate to this emotional status.

About the artist:

Born 1979 Cork, Aideen Barry lives and works in Ireland. Graduated from MA Visual Art from IADT Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin.

Barry is an Irish visual artist, whose means of expression are interchangeable, incorporating film, performance, drawing, sculpture, installation and experimental lens based media. Her work is predominately preoccupied with ideas of otherness, and what Freud coined ‘Das Unheimliche’. She uses psychological ploys of cognitive dissonance to disarm the viewer with slapstick humour as a way of discussing the intensely personal and provoke alternative perspectives on dark subject matter: mental illness, oppression and patriarchy.

Selected exhibitions include Welcome Home, Elephant Gallery, London (2019); 6SKIN, Oaxaca Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival York, and Alchemy Film Festival (2019); Fair is Foul & Foul is Fair, Katzen Center at The American University Museum, New York and The Film-Makers Co-op, New York (2019); Flight Folly, Mothers Tankstation, Liste Art Fair and BAC Geneve (2011); Remote Control, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Concealed in an infinity of little things, Matucana 100, Chile (2018); Brittlefield, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2016); Spray Grenades, Permanent collection of Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (2012); Twilight Suite, Louise T. Blouin Institute, London (2008); The Loop Biennale, Barcelona (2008); and Sound Design for Future Films, The Wexner Centre, Columbus and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2009).

Awards include election to the Royal HIibernian Academy as an ARHA member (2020), and member of Aosdána. Residencies include YADDO, New York (2021); Banff Center Canada (2007); and Headlands Center for the Arts, California (2011).

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