Siamsa Tíre

Vessels

By Joan Coen

a wall of paintings by Joan Coen from the Vessels seriesa detail of a mug and jug from the Joan Coen Vessels seriesAnother detail from a painting by Joan Coen in the Vessels series

Artist Joan Coen explores the universal symbolism of vessels...

In Judaic and Christian thinking, vessels are a metaphor for the human being. They belong to human activity and also play an important role in ritual.

Joan Coen’s work uses vessels as a way to engage with the ordinary and with imagination, highlighting the importance of experiencing the world through our senses, a world in perpetual motion…

Joan Coen is a self-taught painter who has engaged with the European tradition. She works in oils from observed sources in her environment, finding inspiration in the ordinary, in the human figure, and in the relation of painting to philosophy.  Her paintings have featured in solo and group exhibitions and form part of collections in Ireland and abroad. 

Joan is currently engaged in a PHD in NCAD which involves Painting and Philosophy.  She is also a recognised poet and is published under the name Siobhán Ní Shíthigh.