Held on Zoom on 12 June, the CAS hosted a live studio visit with Dorothy Cross at her studio on the West coast of Ireland and an in-conversation between the artist and CAS Director Caroline Douglas. Dorothy showed us some of her most recent work and talked about how living in such a wild location influences her practice.
The CAS has acquired a number of Cross’s works across the years, including Eye Camera (2004), a bronze sculpture for the New Art Gallery Walsall, and two video works: Ghost Ship (1999) for the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; and Teacup (1997) for the The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
Working in sculpture, film and photography, Dorothy Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old. This flux emerges as strange and unexpected encounters. Many of Cross’s works incorporate items found on the shore, including boats and animal skins, while others reflect on the environment. During the 1990s, the artist produced a series of works using cow udders, which drew on the animals’ rich store of symbolic associations across cultures to investigate the construction of sexuality and subjectivity.
Recent solo exhibitions/projects include: I dreamt I dwelt, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2019); Stalactite, Libby Leshgold Galley, Vancouver (2018); Glance, New Art Centre, Roche Court, UK (2017–18); Eye of Shark, Frith Street Gallery, London (2015), Connemara, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2013), touring to Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2014); Eye of Shark, Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford (2014); Bloomberg Space, London (2009); Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, (2005); Douglas Hyde Gallery, (2002, 1993 & 1988); Camden Arts Centre, (1993); ICA Philadelphia, (1991). Recent group exhibitions include: other.worldly, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, (15 February 2020– 3 January 2021); Desire: A Revision From the 20th Century to the Digital Age, Irish Museum of Modern Art, (2020); Heartship, Sounds From A Safe Harbour Festival, Cork, a collaborative performance with singer Lisa Hannigan (2019) and Sea Garden, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, UK. The artist has participated in the Venice, (1993), Istanbul, (1997) and Liverpool, (1998) biennials, and the ground breaking 1994 exhibition: Bad Girls, ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow.
Cross’s work is represented in the collections of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Hugh lane Gallery, Dublin; The National Gallery of Ireland; Dublin; The Ulster Museum, National Museum, Belfast; Crawford Art Museum, Cork, Ireland; Art Pace Foundation, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol; TATE, London. She is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.