Performaphilia, an exhibition of performance watercolours
25th January – 29th February 2020
Malahide Library, Main Street Malahide, Co. Dublin
Opening reception 3pm on Saturday 25th January 2020
Performaphilia presents a series of new watercolour paintings by Malahide born artist Áine Phillips. Áine is well known in Ireland and abroad as a performance artist who makes her performances live and to camera. These paintings represent some of her live performances and explore the themes and images arising from her work over the years, such as female experience and engaging with difference – disability, sexuality, social and political disadvantage. She is particularly interested in creating re-constructions and re-presentations of invisible and neglected female histories.
Áine sometimes creates these paintings as ‘cartoons’ [as in the art historical definition of a preliminary drawing] that help her devise and plan out a performance work. Sometimes she creates them afterwards in response to the live work and the ideas it generated. It is an inter-disciplinary approach using one medium to describe and elaborate another, presenting the idea in a new and unexpected way. The style of these paintings is also ‘cartoon’ like in the contemporary sense – humorous, absurd or both.
Funded by Fingal Arts Office