Islanded in a Sea of Stars
Ruth E. Lyons
September 02 - October 08 2011
Ruth E Lyons is a visual artist working primarily in large scale sculptural installations and public works. Lyons’ work is often inspired by vast landscapes and the appearance of utilitarian infrastructures within them. Her work derives from a consideration of how these material infrastructures might be perceived in a distant future or by a people for whom science is not the central focus of the day.
Through large scale on site sculptural installation, projection, sound & photography, Islanded in a Sea of Stars is an investigation in to the tension that can exist within vast landscapes between a sense of physical isolation and a connection to the global community via communication technology. With the increasing ubiquity of information technology, Lyons' work explores whether the acquisition of knowledge is given preference to the detriment of experience and the intangible.
Since graduating from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2007, Lyons has exhibited broadly throughout Ireland and been the recipient of many residential awards. Most recently Lyons’ work has been exhibited as part of Repoman at the Kerlin Gallery and the 181st Annual Exhibition at the RHA. Lyons is a recipient of the Visual Artist Bursary Award 2011 from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Lyons is co-director of The Good Hatchery, an experimental residency project in Co. Offaly. Through a curatorial programme of residencies, on-site projects and off-site exhibitions The Good Hatchery sets out to challenge the accepted norms for the production and presentation of contemporary art in Ireland today. The Good Hatchery is committed to the support of artists in the production of high quality progressive art works and has sought to develop a sustainable way for artists to work.