The 2022 RDS Visual Art Awards exhibition will be held at the RDS Concert Hall from October 21 to 29. The awards are the main platform for visual arts graduates to showcase their creations in Ireland, with each shortlisted artist having a chance to win one of five prizes, with a cumulative prize fund of over €30,000. The winners will be announced during the opening night of the exhibition, next Thursday, October 20.
Independent curators appointed by the RDS attended end-of-year exhibitions at art schools across the country. From the abundant talent pool, 13 artists were selected for the shortlist. Each of these qualified graduates went through a highly competitive two-step process to have their work exhibited at the show. Three of these artists, Eden Munroe, Kat Lalor and Venus Patel, are members of the queer community.
This year, Eden graduated from TU Dublin with an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since completing her undergraduate studies, she is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts. Eden’s forte is sculpture and installation, tackling intersecting themes of bodily engagement and material entanglements. Combining the elements of metal, clay, liquid and plastic, she created an amazing structure called “Plasma and Ore”.
Eden’s work for the 2022 RDS Visual Art Awards is described as skeletal steel frames that “find themselves converging with calcified glassy forms. Stretched membrane, stagnant liquid, scattered remnants of a system left to fossilize.
“A group of segmented ceramic tubes seem to spring from the ground, stretching upwards and attaching to a steel leg. Steel appendages and liquid-filled tubes emerge from the wall, involving it as a layer or membrane , and engage with the ceramic shapes in front of them.
Kat received the Fire Station Artist Studios Recent Graduate Award in Digital Media, after graduating from Fine Arts at TU Dublin with a First Class degree. Kat’s work is inspired by their academic interest in queer theory and gender studies. They also study under the Fine Art MA program at TU Dublin. Inspired by Renate Lorenz Queer Art: Monster Theory, Kat’s work displays broader representations of non-binary gender. This allows them to beautifully express their gender identity in different ways.
Kat’s work in the exhibition titled “Molasses Mourning” is a stunning portrait of queer gender experience. Kat uses her own body to vividly convey her personal story of embodied gaps between gender and sex.
Venus’ vast experience in acting and theatrical creation has helped her perform in experimental films. Her work, drawn from her own experiences and memories, questions the state of the world, herself and how the two interact. As a queer person of color, Venus says she is constantly bothered by the white heteronormative society she finds herself in and is forcefully repressed. Creating characters that are extensions of her own psyche, Venus’ work allows her to process the complex emotions she experiences.
His experimental short film egg shells tells the story of a hate crime in which she was instigated and shouted at. Cut into 12 segments, each scene focuses on a different character playing with an egg in different situations. During this journey, she imaginatively incorporates performance, music and dance to create this captivating work of art.
GCN extends its heartfelt congratulations to these amazing visual artists and wishes them the best of luck with the show. These three people are great examples of the abundant talent that exists in the Irish queer community. The 2022 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition will take place in the RDS Concert Hall from October 21 to 29 and will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. RDS VAA 2022 curator Aideen Barry will lead exhibition tours, which can be booked online here.
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