My work is concerned with a folding and flattening of memory and history over time, underscored by the language of the ruin manifested in aged objects, desolate landscapes and ruined architecture.
In this series the work takes the form of printmaking, with special consideration given to folding, layering and compressing, physically and through the process of printmaking. Ruined objects become repositories of experience and memory.
The work has been influenced by the notion of bog land as a repository for cultural memory and histories. The principal concern of the work is the compression of time in our minds.
We can imagine the bog as the keeper of memories of everything that has happened to it, over vast expanses of time, outside the realm of imagination and linear chronologies. By examining this landscape we attempt to see through time. The work reflects the continuous dialogue that exists between the past and the present.
Anna O'Riordan, originally from Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry is a recent award winning Fine Art graduate of CIT Crawford College of Art & Design about whom art critic Cristín Leach said in RTE Culture "There are always instant stand-outs. This year's CIT Crawford College of Art and Design grad show featured a remarkable level of professionalism across the board, with top notch work by Anna O'Riordan."
Her work takes the form of printmaking, sculpture and installation. Awarded a Cork Printmakers Emerging Artist Bursary Award and a Crawford College Graduate Residency in Printmaking for 2018 -19, and the Joan Clancy Gallery Annual Exhibition Prize, she is currently undertaking a Graduate Studio Residency, awarded by Sample Studios, working towards a solo show in November 2019.
Recent exhibitions include Origins 2018 in Lismore Castle Arts St Carthage Hall curated by Alissa Kleist and Lismore Castle Arts, and Fledglings 2018 in the Lavit Gallery, Cork. Her work is held in both public and private collections including Cork City Council and Eli Lilly.