Artwork by Lorraine Whelan . . .
This is an "accordion" book, such that all the prints can be seen if/when the book is fully open.
- an edition of 10
- covers are acid free blotting paper, 300 g/m2, 17 cm x 17 cm
- title is hand stitched, 6-strand cotton thread
- blind-embossed prints are on handmade acid-free Indian rag (Khadi) paper, 210 g/m2
- five image prints (blind embossed) per book, image size 9 cm x 9 cmm
- background folded page acid free Fabriano Tiziana Crema, 160 g/m2
- unfolded size 145 cm (including covers)
Artist Statement / Bio
I was born in Toronto, Canada into a large Irish immigrant family. Shortly after obtaining my primary degree in 1986, I moved to Ireland to where my parents and half my siblings had already returned.
My writing (poetry, art criticism & commentary, fiction) has been published in Ireland, Canada, USA, Luxembourg & online.
I have exhibited my artwork throughout Ireland in both solo and group exhibitions and have exhibited in group exhibitions in France, China and Canada. I have participated in artist residencies and symposia and my work is included in private (US, Canada, Australia, UK & Belgium) and in public/corporate collections (Microsoft WPGI, OPW, HSE, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Europol & IBM).
For over 25 years I have created bodies of work that are inspired and challenged by my environment and circumstances, which are regularly in flux. The study and analysis of dreams played a large part in much of my early work and the development of dream imagery informs much of my personal iconography used in both visual and verbal work.
I have worked on projects in response to a specific brief, site, concept, or combination of these. I am fascinated with the immediacy of temporary work yet equally interested in archives and permanence. While I usually consider myself primarily a painter, I love to experience and experiment with any manner of media. I freely use any media for purpose to suit an idea, which is the paramount consideration.
Over the past few years I have been re-exploring print techniques and ceramics and amalgamating these skills with my long time interest in bookbinding to create both unique and limited edition artist books.
I believe that it is through the expression of individual responses to life circumstances that wider truths can be discovered and understood.
I am an artist. I am here. I remember. I draw. I write. I tell stories.