Image: Re:Group - Fragments in Constellation collaborative exhibition project with Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre and Skibbereen Arts Festival 2022.
This website spans more than thirty years of Sarah Iremonger's art practice, from the first paintings in the early 1990s to the conceptualisation of the work in 1998, a site-specific multi-media approach in the 2000s with a return to painting in 2014, and the recent development of text-based work.
Sarah Iremonger's work utilizes text, photography, murals, painting, drawing, badges, cards, found images, video and neon. Based in Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland, early work consisted of painting and was embedded in romantic and modernist traditions with epic implications. Later works attempted to attain a kind of engagement with the world through site-specific installations. These works explored representation and how as a hangover of the romantic tradition, a scenario of separation from the world around us has been perpetuated.
A return to painting in 2014 focused on the appropriation and adaptation of found images and a return to core issues around the illusion of perception and representation. These works place subject matter and personal artistic expression in the background so that visual signifiers become hidden in a forest of jewel-like post-representational camouflage. This creates a lot of noise in the work mirroring the digital storm we find ourselves embedded in today.
Recent text-based work uses notebooks kept over a thirty-year period, to explore ideas of reframing and reorganising the texts in the style of an epic, non-rhyming, stream-of-consciousness concrete poem. Embedding the process of creating the work in the artwork itself, working at the interface of visual art and literature.
To view recent work contact Oliver Sears Gallery www.oliversearsgallery.com
+353 (0)1 6449459 / 33 Fitzwilliam St Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland