Hazel Egan is a visual artist from Tullamore, Co. Offaly currently based in Dublin. She graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2014 with a BA (First Class Honours) in Printmaking and Contemporary Practice. Hazel has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2015, she was selected for the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award by the Burren College of Art (Co. Clare) in conjunction with 126 Gallery (Galway) and was awarded the F15 and AIB People’s Choice Award at the Foundation 15 Arts Festival in Tullamore (Co. Offaly). In 2016, she won a Book Art Selector’s Choice Award at the Impressions Biennale (Galway). In 2017, she was awarded a printmaking residency supported by CreateLouth at Creative Spark (Dundalk) and announced as joint-winner of the Hamilton Gallery Award for her work in The Model Presents Cairdre Visual (Sligo). Hazel’s practice is supported by Fingal County Council.
‘My work attempts to translate everyday intangible ideas and encounters into solid yet delicate form. I work predominantly with printmaking, drawing and installation. Responding to environment, material and my own personal position in the world, I explore spatial and ontological concerns through a meditative, reticent economy of means. I often seek to interpret the macro through the micro by using simple, somewhat banal objects and materials to describe universal relationships with land and time. I am interested in how things exist in space and the methodologies used to articulate what is beyond sight. Through the work I endeavour to record time and to capture the quiet tensions and harmonies that occur in nature. Existing somewhere between a science experiment and a spiritual ritual, the work hovers between coming into being and coming undone.’