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Between Three Worlds

10th Dec 2016

Between Three Worlds

MFA & PhD Christmas Exhibition at Burren College of Art
Artists: Joan Nanfuka, Sherry Erskine, Tanya De Paor
Dates: 10 December 2016 - 20 January 2017

Artists from Detroit USA, Uganda and Ireland, who are currently MFA and PhD students at Burren Collage of Art, are presenting an exhibition of paintings, lens based media and sculpture at the college gallery this christmas. Joan Nanfuka and Sherry Erskine are in their 2nd year completing their MFA in 2017 and Tanya De Paor is in her first year of a practice based PhD at the college. The three artists have brought together paintings on canvas, photography, sculptural installations and digital video for this show exploring themes of diversity, environment, landscape and identity. The show opens on the 10th December at 5pm and all are welcome. The show runs until 13th January 2017. 

Sherry Erskine’s career encompasses a wide array of interests and experiences in video, photography, art education, arts management and theater.  Raised in Detroit, Erskine earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design and a Master of Art Education from Michigan State University in 1977.  Following twenty-five years teaching visual art in public schools, Erskine joined the art education faculty of The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.  Her art work recently earned awards at The Royal College of Art and Design London Exchange Program (2016), NEA-funding through the Bay Area Video Coalition for video preservation (2015), artist residency at Polli Talu Fine Arts Center in Estonia (2013). Recent exhibitions include an informance at VI PER Gallery, Prague, the National University of Ireland Staff Club Solo Exhibition, Galway, La Mama Galleria and Avenue C Studio in New York City.

Erskine is an interdisciplinary artist working with performative photography, video and installation. Her studio practice examines fragmented states of consciousness – in the ‘self’ and others.  Veils and fabric create liminal thresholds and transitional spaces from which to examine the human spirit. Fabric often creates texture and form in the folds to suggest another entity or archetypal figure.  By juxtaposing fragments of images or creating theatrical spaces that allude to narrative or myth, Erskine invites the viewer to build their own stories or reflect on their own realities. Erskine's art work recently earned awards at The Royal College of Art and Design London Exchange Program (2016), NEA-funding through the Bay Area Video Coalition for video preservation (2015), artist residency at Polli Talu Fine Arts Center in Estonia (2013). Recent exhibitions include an informance at VI PER Gallery, Prague, the National University of Ireland Staff Club Solo Exhibition, Galway, La Mama Galleria and Avenue C Studio in New York City.

Kizito Joan Nanfuka is an African artist born in Uganda (1992) and graduated from the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art Makerere University in Kampala with a BA degree in Art and won an MFA scholarship to Burren college of Art in 2015. She was mentored by a Ugandan artist Maria Naita during a 2 month residency in Kampala She has worked as a graphic designer in Kampala, Uganda for two years and also exhibited her work in student exhibitions at Makerere University and Burren College of Art. Her mixed media paintings focus on aspects of colour interaction, mark making and abstract expressive qualities. These works show emotions derived from things that inspire her including the Prehistorical rock art in Uganda (Nyero rock paintings) and the nature of the Burren. Her work is created after making various small ink drawings that are then enlarged into paintings with oil and acrylic paint. She then adds various found objects like buttons, African textile fabrics and threads represent her love of fashion: the need to recycle and redesign worn out things and items that we think are of no use anymore. Nanfuka also makes mixed media sculptures that are inspired by the environment.

Tanya de Paor is a PhD candidate in the Burren College of Art and National University of Ireland, Galway. She is an artist, researcher and lecturer based between Limerick and Cork City Her work is concerned with exploring the emerging field of the Anthopocene, which is a contested term defined as the Age of Man. Tanya’s work is multidisciplinary and includes sculpture, drawing, installation and lens based media. This current strand of work examines the impact of humans on the managed environment and the implications this has on children’s engagement with the natural world. Recent conference presentations and performance include, Playing between the Spaces: TransCultural Exchange 2016 International Conference on opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds, Boston University, and guest speaker at the Thematic PhD in Inclusive Design and Creative Technology Innovation, O Brien Centre for Science, UCD, July 2016.