"If Not for You" by Eoin Francis McCormack and "Living in a Bubble" by Susanne Wawra was officially launched by independent Curator and Curator in Residence with Roscommon County Council Linda Shevlin on Friday 3rd August 2018 at Luan Gallery.
Athlone based Eoin Francis McCormack uses the idea of 'artist as maker' as a catalyst for his work. Utilising fabricated tools and self mixed paint, he translates this idea into form. His work also explores the particular challenges posed by the process of interpretation in contemporary visual art. The artist wonders if work produced in the quiet of the studio has the potential to make an impact on an audience once presented to the public. McCormack holds a BA in painting from Limerick School of Art in 2010 and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland in 2014.
Susanne Wawra is a German artist based in Dublin. Working across different media, Susanne explores the intersection between personal autobiography and historical events. Utilising photographs from her own family albums, Wawra draws on printed matter to interrogate her experience of growing up in East Germany before the fall of the Wall. Her use of mundane source material combined with the layered process of collage enables a material re-imagining of the tension between fiction and reality, past and present. Wawra is a Painting graduate of NCAD. Susanne has been named as one of the four artists of "50 People to Watch in 2017" in The Irish Times.
Video courtesy of Calvin Doyle, Text from Athlone Arts & Tourism.