Ella Burke, Recipient of the IADT/IMOCA Graduate Award Discusses Her Year Long Residency at The Irish Museum Of Contemporary Art.
“Traditionally, sculpture has been the territory where permanence is celebrated… a founding image of this short century is that of a sculpture being dragged down from its plinth”. (1)
“That which is real exists, that is all we can say (but existence isn’t everything – it is, even, the least of things)” (2)
I graduated from my BA course in sculpture at IADT in 2009; and I was fortunate enough to be awarded the IMOCA (Irish Museum of Contemporary Art) Graduate Residency Award. The award gave me the opportunity to spend a year immersing myself in a space that allowed me to refine my practice in relation to scale and situation. The award consisted of a studio space and a solo exhibition spot at the venue – I presented my show in June this year.