Hi, my name is Joanne Reid and I am currently artist in residence at Draíocht Artist Studio (1 June-28 July 2023). Throughout this week, I will share some images and details of my research and work. My work often begins as a direct response to chance encounters with the materials, objects and spaces that form our built environment. I am particularly drawn to the materials of building and construction, such as steel, plywood, timber, plaster and concrete. While my work draws mainly on an engagement with everyday urban contexts, there are also references to art history, in particular the Still Life genre. I completed an MA in Art and Research Collaboration at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, (2016). My current work in the studio is supported by Draíocht and the Fingal Artists’ Support Scheme (2023).
Day 2: Today I'd like to share a few images from some previous exhibitions of my work.
The first three images are from the group exhibition 'Home Bodies, 2021 curated by Debi Paul, Glandwyr.
Untitled (baguette with double yellow lines), 2021. Concrete, paint, plywood, timber. Installation view, Home Bodies, Glandwr, Chapelizod, Dublin, 2021. Photo: Louis Haugh
Day Sleepers (Crate B1), 2021. Concrete, plywood. Installation view, Home Bodies, Glandwr, Chapelizod, Dublin, July 2021. Photo: Louis Haugh
Day Sleepers (Crate B1), detail. Photo: Louis Haugh
This next image is from Dearly Beloved: ARTWORKS 2019, presented by The Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow, curated by Jo Mangan, Emma Lucy O’ Brien and Dennis McNulty.
Lazy Way (Amber), 2018. Welded steel, neon, cables, transformer. ARTWORKS:Dearly Beloved, Visual Carlow, 2019. Photo: Ros Kavanagh
The final two images are from #Futures Series 3, Episode 2, @RoyalHibernianAcademy, 2018, curated by @Ruth Carroll and Patrick T Murphy
Installation view of work at Futures, Series 3, Episode 2, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2018.
Live Every Day (work in progress), 2018. Cast and pigmented concrete. Futures, Series 3, Episode 2, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2018.
To see more of my previous work you can visit my website cargocollective.com/joannereid
Day 3: Today I will share some of the images I have on the studio wall as reference points for my research and work. In my work I am particularly drawn to the materials of building and construction and often photograph construction sites and the objects and materials found there. There are also references to art history, in particular the Still Life genre, in my work. I have recently been researching the history of food and feasting in the Western art tradition. I often photograph discarded fruit and other food stuffs on city streets and the various displays of food in shop windows, billboards and outdoor markets. I have also recently been photographing and researching the decorative mouldings and railings on building facades in Dublin City: specifically those that feature leaf, fruit and vegetable motifs.
Image 1 - Artist in the Draíocht Studio with a wall of research images.
Image 2 - Window detail - Eustace Street, Dublin.
Image 3 - Lemons in a pub window, Dublin City.
Image 4 - Detail of decorative mouldings on a building entrance, Dawson Street, Dublin.
Image 5 - Bags of building materials in a vacant retail unit, Dublin City centre.
Image 6 - Construction site (rubber work boots), Dublin City centre.
Image 7 - Studio wall with two images: Glass bowl of fruit and vases. Roman wall painting from Pompeii, c.70AD. Juan Sánchez Cotán, Still Life with Game, Vegetables and Fruit, 1602.
Image 8 - Detail from an image of “the unswept floor” mosaic, 2nd century, by Heraclitus.
Day 4: In today’s post I will share two images from the studio work table. Over the past two months I have been working extensively with mould making and casting techniques. These cast objects will be combined with other made and found materials and objects to create new sculpture.
Image 1 - cast plaster lemon removed from a silicone rubber mould.
Image 2 - Trimming and finishing some cast pieces.
Day 5: For my final post of the week, I leave you with something a little more whimsical. For many days during July, while I have been inside casting plaster lemons, and watching people running for shelter in the almost daily downpours, I imagined building a very large plaster lemon sculpture, outside the studio. This image is my proposal for a new outdoor sculpture, complete with umbrella attachment. Thank you to everyone who followed along this week. I’ve had a wonderful and productive time here in the Draíocht studio over the past two months, thank you to the team here in Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office for the Artists’ Support Scheme.