Artwork by Lorraine Whelan . . .

Precariat Press

Founded in March 2020, Precariat Press is a publisher of small, handbound books. Its first publication is a limited edition poetry chapbook, Home Sweet Home Goodbye, which was launched in the fall 2020. There are still a few copies of this chapbook available at €20 inclusive of world-wide shipping. Please use the contact form to get in touch with me.

Early in 2021, UK artist, Elizabeth Challinor, conducted an email interview regarding the founding of Precariat Press for Orbit online magazine. The interview and pictures can be found here.

In 2021 Precariat Press organised and published a small folder publication to accompany the Memory Is My Homeland solo exhibition at Rathfarnham Castle that launched in February 2022. The folder was beautifully designed by Johnny Rothwell.

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, non-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 30 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 plays a large part in much of my work and the development of dream imagery informs the 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 consider myself primarily a painter, I love to experience and experiment with any manner of media. I freely use any media to suit an idea, which is the paramount consideration.

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.