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an incidental flux' is the first solo show by Ellen Duffy, Draíocht’s resident artist 2022/2023.

Commissioned by Draíocht and curated by Sharon Murphy. 


Duffy works across sculptural assemblage, expanded painting, mixed media collage and drawing. Her process is playful and seeks the building of dialogue between the objects/materials used in her work. She builds on gestural mark-making and the integration of recurring forms that appear across her artistic practice taken from found forms of her everyday. Using site responsive installations, works on paper and sculpture to build networks that call to the interconnections between the viewer, the space, the work and the artist. Duffy’s process-led engagement is haptically driven by an interest in materiality, form and colour. 


For this new body of work, Duffy has adopted and retranslated found and sourced materials during her year long residency at Draíocht to build a new abstract, playful language for a site specific exhibition in Draíocht's Ground Floor Gallery. Duffy calls attention to the potential within these seemingly random materials by pulling them from their everyday contexts. Provisionally assembled the installation draws on the connectivity of things. Essential components, fragments of the wider network are together and lifted up by one another. Forms are constricted, layered, shaped and misshaped, contorted and compressed and ultimately are carriers of expression through form and colour for viewers to interpret for themselves.

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