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Abi Ighodaro graduated with a BA Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art, London 2002. In the same year she received a University college London Expedition Grant to research traditional dance and festivals in Senegal, Mali and Niger.
Since then, Abi have undertaken a number of commissions, exhibitions, residencies and performances including ‘Bag Lady’ at Portlaoise Biennial: Urban Interventions’, 2007 and the Mentoring Programme in Dance and choreography at Daghdha Dance company, Limerick, 2006 / 2007.
Ighodaro was also assistant project coordinator at the Mediated Bodies: Media Technology in Dance project and worked in the Baldoyle Family resource centre, in their community education programme in African dance and folktales.
At her time inNo.72 Abi will explore dance and drawing through performance
Artist’s residencies are extremely important as they tend to have a lasting impact on the artists ranging from substantial shifts in their work and or in the direction of their practice. They often enable artists to develop new networks and meet others from different backgrounds. Overall they also offer artists that much needed period of contemplation and reassessment. Residencies allow the Arts Office to support Arts Practitioners ‘assisting artists in realising their artistic ambitions’ (Arts Council of Ireland).
Marie Connole will commence her six week residency at Kilkenny County Councils Arts Office, no. 72 John Street on Monday February 4th 2008. Marie’s work weaves together oddities, fears and beliefs formed from observations of growths and the human body. These elements shape our individual psyche and, freed from reason, they attach and re combine with each other creating new stories and associations. The imagination is the ultimate means of exploration and escape; a place to confront and understand our experiences… just as encounters with the strange and bizarre are not always terrifying, neither is that which is small and beautiful always harmless. These are the contradictions we live by.
For further details on this or any other Arts Office activities please contact the Arts Office, No. 72, John Street, Kilkenny on 056 7794138.
My experimentation in the world of 3d was interrupted slightly by an offer of a show during the project and this meant I had to get five paintings completed before I could loose myself again. As you can see from the images, my stay at No 72 was very productive both during and in the weeks months that following. It has given me new directions in which to investigate and enriched by career. I have partaken in several long term residencies but have learnt more on the short stay in Kilkenny that any other. I was forced to attack and resolve some of my artistic demons over the short but intense stay.
The residency as a whole was a great opportunity to develop my practice in an empowering environment. I saw the opportunity as a chance to explore new directions in which I could use to vary my artist vocabulary, and that was exactly what happened. The work produced was shown shortly after in temple bar (with the Stone Gallery). The images above show the sculpture pieces and a variety of paintings the majority created in Kilkenny. One of my aims was to be able to work with space, as opposed to just hanging paintings on walls and to create assemblages as a painting in three dimensions. This is just the beginning of what I hope to be a long line of investigation. The residency gave me the support to experiment and make mistakes, in order to explore new techniques and create new challenging work.
I have completed five 1m x 1m paintings and a series of six 20cm x 20 cm paintings, each one pushing my work into a new direction. For example, I began one using charcoal or by making a gesture marks on the canvas, these new elements would be incorporated into the world of painting I already knew. By starting a piece with something unknown created a lot of problems and often brought the works in the wrong direction. I found this very rewarding and it gave me time to reflect on what direction I was going in.