27 January to 24 February 2018
Opening on Saturday 27th January at 3.00pm at Wexford Arts Centre
Guest speaker: Ann Mulrooney, CEO, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre are pleased to present A Calf Remembered, a new exhibition of work by Katie Watchorn, winner of the Emerging Visual Artist Award 2016. The exhibition will run from 27th January to 24th February at Wexford Arts Centre.
Katie Watchorn’s practice is rooted in the materiality of rural farming, highlighting the processes of contemporary and ancestral Irish life and traditions which are often understated and overlooked. Frequently looking inward at the acreage of her father’s dairy farm, Watchorn is interested in the presence of livestock and softer somatic substances in a contrastingly harsh farmyard setting. A Calf Remembered references yearly farming fluctuations, home remedies for cattle, and the physical vehicle of the dairy cow; her cyclical life and ‘the hot brewery of gland cud and udder’.
Raised on a dairy farm in rural Co. Carlow, Katie Watchorn received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design in 2014. In recent years, Watchorn has exhibited in VISUAL, Carlow; TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway; Foundation 14, Offaly; and NCAD Gallery, Dublin. She won the George Berkeley Gold Medal for Visual Arts at the 2014 Undergraduate Awards, a 2015 Artlinks Bursary Award from Carlow County Council, and the HOTRON Recent Graduate Award 2016 selected by Annie Fletcher. Katie has recently been a recipient of a Next Generation Arts Council Award to produce new work in 2017/2018.
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