Artist Vivienne Byrne speaking at the launch last night of her exhibition EMIT at the Droichead Arts Centre. Photo: Jenny Matthews.
In a new exhibition called EMIT, which opened at the Droichead Gallery yesterday, Drogheda artist Vivienne Byrne seeks to navigate the rhythms and tempos of time unfolding. Her interest in the transitory experience, connection to the breath and impact of time on the perceptions of mortality, has led her to explore methods of presenting captured moments as visual music.
As part of a continuous quest to understand invisible forces, the work presents itself as a series of mixed media installations, incorporating collaged fragments of video footage, projections and traditional drawing techniques. Inspired by the natural environment, the work is continuously in motion.
Vivienne’s practice is multi-disciplinary, she mixes traditional art practices with digital technologies and installation to further explore notions of time, space and invisible forces.
Since graduating from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2009, Vivienne has exhibited both locally and nationally, with work in both public and private collections.
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She was Create Ireland’s Artist in Residence in 2014, working with children and technology and will be taking up a residency with Creative Spark, Dundalk in 2020. She has also collaborated with visual artists, composers, authors, theatre practitioners, musicians, computer programmers and various others along the way.
EMIT has been made possible by Droichead Arts Centre’s commitment to supporting artists in the North East Region, and Vivienne has been working in the new dedicated artist’s space in Droichead’s Barlow House, called Borrowed Space.
Borrowed Space came about as a response to the Borrowed Ground Studios Project which took place in the Droichead Arts Centre Gallery in the Summer of 2019, giving eleven professional artists from the South Louth and East Meath region the space, facilities and support to explore their individual practices. This project is ongoing.
Vivienne will conduct a programme of four workshops for second level students on the 16th and 23rd of January and the 6th and 20th of February 2020. These programmes are free but booking is necessary.
See www.droichead.com for details.