Siamsa Tíre

There And Not There

Victoria J Dean and Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy photograph from the exhibition at Siamsa Tíre, There and Not There showing a little girl in a field of dry rushesDetail from a photograph by Victoria J Dean which forms part of an exhibition, There and Not There at Siamsa Tíre

THERE AND NOT THERE was originally exhibited at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast in 2018 and curated by Sarah McAvera.

There is something sinister in the works of these two artists, a feeling that danger is present even though there is no evidence that it will occur. What is there and what is not is not so easy to decipher, allowing for multiple interpretations and stories to be seen. (Sarah McAvera, Curator)

Dean and Murphy share a concern with landscape and with interventions in the landscape: built structures that emanate ambiguous force or presence; and semi-allegorical child-figures who are sited or staged in different natural settings.

Dean’s practice explores the human propensity to rationalise space, in the context of place and landscape while Murphy’s practice conceives of space as ‘staged’ and the body as ‘site’ where the outer world and inner feelings intersect.

While each artist’s work is distinctive, they share an unsettling preoccupation with absence.

Victoria J Dean (b. 1980, Belfast) graduated with an MFA Photography with distinction from Ulster University (2017), receiving the RUA Award for Outstanding Students. Dean has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the 2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards, Klompching Gallery, New York (2018); Circulation(s) 2014: Festival de la Jeune Photographie Européenne, Paris; and Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography at Belfast Exposed & The Mac (2013). In 2018, her book ‘The Illusion of Purpose’ was published by Another Place Press. Dean’s work is part of the David Kronn Collection, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection, and the OPW State Art Collection.

Sharon Murphy (b. 1963, Carlow) graduated with a BA (hons) in Photography from Dún Laoghaire Institute for Art, Design and Technology (2014), and an MA (hons) in Theatre from UCD (1993). Murphy has exhibited nationally and internationally including Silent Stage, Yaga Festival Vilnius (2018); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2018); Loop Video Art festival, Barcelona (2017) and Dunamaise Arts Centre (2017).  She has received support from the Arts Council, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Co Co and shows regularly at the RUA, Belfast and the RHA Dublin.

The official launch of this exhibition takes place on the 23rd of February at 6pm.  The launch will be preceeded by an 'In Conversation' event with both artists at 5.30pm.  All are welcome!