Doireann Ní Ghrioghair

Shaft II, plaster, pigment, MDF, 2016

Deflated Capital III, plaster, pigment, MDF, 2016.

Classical orders proliferate in Western cities (and indeed beyond), imbuing buildings such as law courts, banks, government buildings and academic institutions with esteem and grandeur. Despite being built since the eighteenth century, this ubiquitous style cites antiquity, evincing a sense of timelessness and purity. Aesthetically, they function as signifiers of power and prestige. I recognise them as architectural societal ‘introjects’, bestowing inherited values onto their denizens. However, as rehashed pastiches of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, I also view them as unreliable translations. A set of arbitrary aesthetics, removed from their original meaning, around which we twine the fictions of our contemporary life.

For Deflated Capital, I took latex casts of various architectural details of a Georgian period building on Dawson St, Dublin. Normally these Grecian columns stand solid and erect. However, after the plaster is cast in an unsupported latex mould, the pillars became flaccid and deflated. While faded Georgian grandeur is particular to the history of Dublin, recent international political developments have also reminded us of the inevitable sunderance of empires. Aesthetics of permanence last longer than the power they aspire to represent.

Doireann Ní Ghrioghair (b. 1983) graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London in 2010.Currently, she is undertaking a long-term residency at Fire Station Artist Studios, Dublin. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Eight Gallery, Dublin (2016) and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork (2014). Notable group exhibitions include ARTWORKS, VISUAL, Carlow (2016); Veins, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016); After the Future, Eva Biennial (2012) curated by Annie Fletcher, Limerick. She was selected three times to exhibit at Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London (2015, 2013 & 2011 curated by Lisa Milroy, Ceri Hand and Phyllida Barlow respectively). She was commissioned to create an installation, Beyond Excess, at Shunt, London Bridge (2011). She has received Arts Council of Ireland bursaries and was an award winner at Now Wakes the Sea, Kinsale Arts Festival (2013). Last year, she was selected to participate in the WARP Artist Village, Bruges (2015). Future projects include a solo exhibition at Platform Arts, Belfast (2017) and a two-person show at Arthouse1, London (2017).


Doireann Ní Ghrioghair