I feel like I am at home here amongst the brambles and the murmurings of Gaelainn in Corca Dhuibhne on the Dingle Peninsula. Here it all makes sense to me. My art helps me to make sense of the world. I am a doodler and a dreamer. I am quite happy on my own in the garden or in a field. My art consumes me morning noon and night and it makes me smile. I am so grateful. I try to use all the materials that are around me and I am always playing with materials. I love to play with words. Is breá liom an teanga, mo dhaoine, agus mo chlann. I love bouncing off people and having the craic. I have a Gael or Irish language-shaped brain. When I am not drawing and painting you could find me hanging out with pals, hiking up hills, doing aerial yoga, at a festival le mo cháirde, or playing with my amazing dog on Tráigh Chloichir. Luan is a collie whippet (they call them Wollies) and she does cartwheels!
When I am not making art, I like to programme events and produce creative projects. So far, I have produced music videos, books, exhibitions, installations, murals, concerts, hip-hop albums, set designs, and locations for film, poems and scripts…you name it! I am always excited about the next creative project. I love to collaborate with other creatives. You can read more on my LinkedIn or give me a text, or phone on 0861096518.
Áine Ní Chíobháin is an artist born in Cork City with family roots in Corca Dhuibhne. She is living and working in Corca Dhuibhne, since 2007. She has an Honours Degree from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork City. Her artwork is found in many public and private collections including Dingle Hospital, HETAC, and Kerry County Council, Ireland. She is a recipient of numerous awards including bursary awards, project awards, and residency awards from Ealaín na Gaeltachta (Arts Council of Ireland & Údarás na Gaeltachta), Kerry County Council and Cork Film Centre. Recent successful solo exhibitions include Gormley’s Fine Art, Dublin (2018), Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr and Cill Rialaig Art Centre, (2016) as gallery hosts. The artist is a past exhibiter of Impressions Biennale, 2013 and the RHA 182nd Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallery, Dublin. Áine is currently an artist in residence in An Díseart, Dingle.
When I resonate with an image, I attempt to encapsulate its essence through drawing, print and mixed media paintings. The work is visceral, with knitted lines and distressed surfaces. I like to explore traditional mediums and the dichotomy of my urban and rural upbringing. At times I amplify my findings with new media techniques. The pieces develop further when all references are put away.
Artworks are enriched by back-stories, field trips and investigations into the meaning of people and place. With copperplate etchings, there is an element of surprise that I enjoy. As I develop my processes I draw more and more from memory and imagination.
Aine Ni Chiobahain