Culture Night, Friday 18 September, at the Kilkenny Arts Office.
Eimear Murphy observes how we relate to materials and how this mirrors our emotional state. There are two types of knitters; loose and tight. The loose knitter will knit in ample stitches, lines begin to flow. The stressed knitter will knit tightly and get their needles stuck in their weave. Processing her materials through stressful methods, Eimear creates artwork to understand how we connect with, and through materials.
In this online workshop Eimear Murphy will facilitate the exploration of the materials around us through our sense of touch. Using materials found around the house, this workshop will focus on the sensory textural experiences of things.
The workshop will be less about producing ‘artworks’ and more concerned with using touch as a method of thinking and reflecting, whether part of an artistic practice or simply being present in this material world.
This workshop is suitable for teenagers and adults, and younger children should join with adult guidance. Book through Eventbrite and a Zoom link will be sent via email to participants closer to the time.
This workshop is an outreach event for L̶e̶s̶s̶ Stress M̶o̶r̶e̶ Success, the first exhibition of Kilkenny County Council Arts Office’s ‘Emerging Curator in Residence Programme 2020’.
Eimear Murphy is an artist working between Dublin and Louth. Her practice encompasses public sculpture, gallery-based exhibitions and engagement through art-based activities. She is passionate about exploring our inherited knowledge of ‘non-art materials’ and how humans use them physically as a connection to the past, the future and each other.
Graduating from NCAD in 2015, Eimear was awarded the graduate residency for Sculpture in Fire Station Artists’ Studios. During this time, she received a landmark sculpture commission from Dublin Port – Drop is on permanent public display in the Sculpture Garden, Dublin Port. Eimear received the Arts Council’s prestigious Next Generation Award 2018/19 and presented her first solo exhibition SHAPE, HEAP. thing in Droichead Arts Centre (2018). Notable group exhibitions include Lace, Paint, Hair, National Gallery of Ireland (2020), Sideways Movement, Return Gallery, Goethe-Institut (2019), Industry, Solstice Arts Centre (2018), Lacuna, Taylor Gallery (2017). Eimear’s works are held in the collection of OPW.