Isobel Egan creates delicate ceramics porcelain works. Using paper-thin shards of material, she constructs miniscule environments—abstracted rooms, cities and houses. Citing the theory of Phyllis Richardson on architecture and Peter Gray on psychology, as well as Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space as inspirations, Egan’s structures explore the fragility of life, personal space and memory.
The box rooms and ladder-like structures of her sculptures recall the cardboard box houses and other fantastical environments of childhood; flimsy structures made robust by force of imagination. They question the stability and durability of our homes and our environments, and the reality of the walls that we construct around ourselves. These references invite the viewer to contemplate their own experiences of space, childhood and memory.
Egan describes her box and ladder-like structures as “micro works of architecture,” and miniature environments for the nurturing of imagination. The walls in these pieces, although somewhat malleable, represent the essential boundaries that define personal integrity. Egan is drawn to the pallor and delicacy of porcelain, which she enforces by mixing nylon fibres into the slip.
Egan graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2005 with an MA in Ceramics.
Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
|2009||Summer Exhibition, Belmont Mill, Birr, Co. Offaly|
|2008||Birr Vintage & Arts Festival, Birr, Co. Offaly|
Group Exhibitions and Fairs
|2012||Bravura, The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival, Art in Action, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin|
|2011||Sliding Rock Ceramics Group Show, Ceardlann, Co. Galway, Exploring Perceptions of Contemporary Craft, Lavit Gallery, Cork, Dearc 150, RDS, Dublin|
|2010||Nexus, Blue Wall Gallery, Corracanvy, Cavan, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei County Ceramic Museum, Taiwan, Art in Action, Townley Hall, Drogheda, Co. Louth|
|2007||All Fired Up, The National Museum, Dublin, Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin|
|2006||European Ceramic Context, Bornholm, Denmark|
|2006/2007||Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Limerick City Gallery of Art; South Tipperary County Museum; National Craft Gallery Kilkenny; The National Museum, Dublin|
|2005/2006||Not Just Pots, Irish Ceramics Of The 21st Century, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin|
|2005||MA Show, National College of Art & Design, Dublin|
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