Sinead's beautiful work is part of our March Window Gallery. Want to learn more about her and her process, then read on...
What’s your favourite artwork that you are exhibiting?
I really like “Sunshine Bathers”, it brings me so much joy and makes me feel like dancing. But my favourite one would have to be “Body Laid Bare”. It was my first successful painting. Until then my technique had been all wrong, the paint hadn’t been reacting properly to the summer heat, it kept bubbling and peeling and going horrible. I remember walking into the room one morning after having left it to dry overnight, hoping that this painting would turn out okay, and I was so delighted at the result! I remember thinking “ok, this could work, you could definitely keep doing this”.
If we looked in your pencil case what would we find?
Pens and pencils, a screwdriver, craft knife, bottle opener.
Do you have a go to snack you like to eat while getting creative?
I like making myself giant platters so I can work for hours without having to leave my desk. Crackers, hummus, olives and cheese, lots of cheese.
Which artists inspire you?
There are so many! Robert Mapplethorpe, Yinka Shonibare, , Louise Bourgeois, Claude Cahun, Virginia Leonard, the list goes on. I think anyone who really pushes the boundaries in some way, who challenges the way we see things, and who is also able to communicate something distinctive, something breathtakingly beautiful, despite the challenges they might face.
In terms of inspiration for this project, that definitely came from 1960s female pop artists—Pauline Boty and Evelyn Axell in particular. I think the ways in which these artists interacted with and reacted against such a heavily male-dominated art world was really incredible. I love that they pushed on and created beautiful things in the face of such adversity. Evelyn Axell painted with enamel on glass as well, so I got that from her. I really think she’s one of my favourite artists in the entire world. Her works are confrontational but visually stunning.
What is your dream project?
Art is definitely just a part-time gig for me. My full time job this year is writing. So I’d like to explore how those two things could intersect. I’d like to make more zines and collaborate with other artists and writers, creating things that are expressive on both a visual and a literary level. I’d also really like to learn welding and glassblowing, and one day be able to venture into sculpture. I’ve got this vision in my head of large-scale sculptural projects I’d love to do, but that’ll probably have to wait a while until I’ve got the time.
What do you like about your own work?
I think what I most like about them is how they play with opacity and transparency. Most works of art you simply look at, but these you can look through as well. Displaying them becomes really fun because they change wherever you put them—in front of photographs, patterned fabrics, coloured walls, or in windows. With each shift in location, the paintings are transformed, and transform the world around them. I think that gives them a sense of being somehow living. They’ve been created by me, but I always think maybe they’re also creating themselves.