Artist Statement 2018

I use photographs to create a relationship between image, memory and place. Digital collages are constructed as a starting point for the paintings. Through the interplay of already read images and the corporeality of the canvas and paper, I acknowledge that a work’s meaning emerges as much from the reading as the making. This use of existing images, to address my concerns, is influenced by the process of translating photographic images, to look at the codes of two types of realism and to open up contradictory and multiple readings of representation.

Biography

Gabrielle Flynn was born in County Fermanagh in 1957. She has worked for thirty-one years as a professional Librarian in County Leitrim. She studied Philosophy, Psychology and History at Trinity College, Dublin. Throughout her life she has maintained an interest in fine art. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Fine Art at Sligo Institute of Technology.

Gabrielle’s current work addresses the theme of place. She uses archival photographs to create a relationship between image, memory and place. She creates images in digital collages as starting point for paintings. Between the interplay of the already read images and the corporeality of the canvas, she acknowledges that the work’s meaning emerges as much from the reading as in the making. Her art has developed from being purely representational to expressive, gestural and conceptual. The influence of contemporary artists such as Peter Doig, Adrien Ghenie and Brian Maguire is evident in her mark making and in the use of abstracted elements, in her paintings. She has been awarded both the President's prize for highest grades and the Graduate Purchase Award in her third and fourth years at Sligo IT.. She is also a recipient of The Ballinaglen Arts Foundation Award.