‘TACIT PRESENCE ‘ – ISABEL NOLAN DISCUSSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF HER ART CAREER IN LIGHT OF HER MAJOR SOLO SHOW,‘THE WEAKENED EYE OF DAY’, WHICH RUNS AT THE IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (7 JUNE – 21 SEPTEMBER 2014).
Jason Oakley: Would you subscribe to the idea that an art practice / career is about pursuing and sharing an ongoing curiosity about the world?
Isabel Nolan: Sure. I’m interested in the ways that people are interested in the world – the ways that scientists, poets, philosophers, artists etc find ways to interact with and activate the world. It’s both astonishing, unsettling even troubling when you look closely at how insights occur or how information is gathered, produced and disseminated. I’m generally looking at the big picture – the history as well as the current conditions of a discipline. I’m an erratic researcher so a lot of my reading is brain fuel or acts as a prompt. Mostly it is tacitly present in the work; it is only overt in titles or in my writing. [Read more…]