In the past few months we’ve had a couple of new members join the studio – Adrian Wojtas, Phoebe Kelly-McDonnell, and Lauren Conway.
Adrian Wojtas is an artist working with photography and film – he joined the studio in December 2020.
Influenced by his bilingual and bicultural upbringing, much of his photographic work often deals with themes of identity and culture. In his work, he often makes use of carefully selected colour palettes which he utilises in order to convey the tone and mood of the scene, and to elicit an emotional response in the viewer.
Phoebe Kelly-McDonnell is a Dublin based painter, and joined the studio in March 2021.
Her practice is based on the active observation of the everyday, focusing on the complexities and wonder (a word intended to encompass awe and horror as well as joy) of daily existence. Through colour, gesture and form, she tries to communicate what it is to live in an impermanent body within an inherently uncertain and ever changing environment. Her works are made via a combined process of writing, drawing and painting and draw upon personal observations, poetry, film and found imagery.
Lauren Conway is a visual artist who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland, and joined Ormond in April 2021.
Through the process of drawing, her work seeks to tease out a commonality between collective memories of being a participant within educational spaces and institutions. In 2019 she was awarded a place to study at Kuvataideakatemia Helsinki as part of the University’s Erasmus programme. Recent group exhibitions include High Heart: IADT Rollover shows, Pallas Projects + Studios, Cruxx.project, Rathmichael Ring Fort, Under the seams runs the pain, Ex Lab, Helsinki and Online Program 2020, CIACLA Contemporary Irish Arts Centre, Los Angeles. Lauren is currently a member of the Douglas Hyde Student Forum III and a student associate at the National Forum of Teaching and Learning. Her writings have been published in Bloomers Art Magazine, RHA Young Art Writers Zine 2018, and as part of the online programme for cruxx.project