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Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
updated: 03/07/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Saftey in Numbers. 1
Saftey in Numbers. 2
Saftey in Numbers. 3
Saftey in Numbers. 4
Saftey in Numbers. 5
Saftey in Numbers. 6
Saftey in Numbers. 7
Sketch book 8
Saftey in Numbers. 7
Site 7
The Cloud that Cries
The Cloud that Cries
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  memory, repetition, conceptual, architecture, identity
 
 
Saftey in Numbers. 1 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 1
Ink on paper
4-2007
Dimensions variable
Saftey in Numbers. 2 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 2
ink on paper
4-2007
Dimensions variable
Saftey in Numbers. 3 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 3
ink on paper
4-2007
Dimensions variable
Saftey in Numbers. 4 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 4
ink on paper
4-2007
Dimensions variable
Saftey in Numbers. 5 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 5
ink on paper
4-2007
Dimensions variable
Saftey in Numbers. 6 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 6
ink on paper
4-2007
Dimensions variable
Saftey in Numbers. 7 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 7
ink on paper
4-2007
Dimensions variable
Sketch book 8 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Sketch book 8
ink on paper
7-2006
Dimensions variable
Saftey in Numbers. 7 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Saftey in Numbers. 7
ink on paper
4-2007
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Site 7 by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
Site 7
ink on paper
3-2007
Dimensions variable
The Cloud that Cries by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
The Cloud that Cries
Silver point on wall
5-2006
Dimensions variable
The Cloud that Cries by Caoimhghin O'Fraithile
The Cloud that Cries
silver point on wall
5-2006
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
My artistic goals and ambitions are to create work that is subtle and strong so that the viewer is drawn into a place of contemplation. Over the past few years I have developed two strands of work that at first may seem opposites but are closely linked.

The first is large outdoor work that is derived from my interest in shrines and the role art plays in offering a space for reflection in contemporary secular social. In this work I incorporate white rags as votive offerings into primitive structures. Aesthetically these are simple forms that are enhanced by the play of the wind and sun on the cloth. They are often placed on water and have a community element where a local elder commemorates the space. While I have learnt a lot from the creation of this work I have a need to push beyond its association with shrines and use what I have learnt to develop my art practice onto the next level. With this in mind I have been working on a series of journal inspired drawings that consist of a combination of miniature text and imagery and refer to distress at sea, {ships and towers on fire}. The text is so small and closely composed that it leaves the viewer guessing as to what is written. This is intentional, as I want the drawings to possess a sense of mystery. While in Korea last March I displayed these drawings overhanging one other so that they created a mass of paper on the wall and echoed the way the rags hang in my larger work. Both practices are imbued with the sense of journeying. From this position I am now developing ways of combining them so that the works substance is more pronounced.

Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION

· Master of Fine Arts, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, May 2000.

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

· Residency, UNESCO sponcered, Seoul, South Korea, Janurary-March 2007. · Residency, Lower Manhatten Cultural Center, November 2005 until May 2006. · Award, Ealian, Irish speaking area governing body, May 2005 and 2007. · Award, The Pollack-Krasner Foundation, New York, March 2005. · Award, EV+A, Curator, Dan Cameron,New Museum, New York, March 2005. · Residency, Taipei Artists Village, Taiwan, August-October 2004. · Residency, Art Omi, New York, July 2004. · Residency, Sculpture Space, March-April 2004. · Residency, Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, October 2003. · Land Art Symposium, Connamara Art Centre, Dallas, Texas, March 2002. · Residency, Centrum Arts, Port Townsend, Washington, February 2003 and 2002.

EXHIBITIONS

· Spirit Houses, Cuas na Bodaig, An Daingean, Ireland, October 2007. · Teaspantis Ealain, An Diseart, An Daingean, Ireland, September 2007. · Safety in Numbers, National Art Studio, Changdong, Seoul, Korea. March 2007. · Text formed Drawing, University of Connecticut, Storrs. CT, November 2006. · South, South Facing, Belltable Arts Center, Limerick, Ireland, October 2006. · The Cloud that Cries, The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan, Summer 2006. · Drawing Show, Siamsa Tire, Trá-lí, Ireland. September 2006. · Open Studio, Wall Drawings, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY, April 2006. · Fású, Feile na Bealtine, An Deangain, Ireland, May 2006. · Tóchar, Causeway, Burnham, Dingle, Co kerry, Ireland. September 2005. · EV+A, Sight/Site, wall drawing, Limerick, Ireland. March 2005. · Rag Tower, Hua Shan Cultural Centre, Taipei, Taiwan, October 2004. · Wait-Weight, Wall Drawing, Nangjing Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, September 2004. · Spirit House, Art Omi, New York State, July 2004. · Long House, Union Station, Utica, New York State, April 2004. · Gealteacht Arts, Burning lake Structures, Donegal, Ireland, November 2003. · Vermont Studio Centre, ‘River Fires’, Vermont, October 2003. · International Aboriginal Driftwood Symposium, Taiwan, August 2003