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Doireann Ní Ghrioghair

Artist Response

As a renter, mind you (before you get jealous – I’m an artist after all), I’m lucky enough to live, for the time being anyway, in the ‘leafy suburb’of Glasnevin in north Dublin. Yes, it’s a sweet deal. Who knows how long it will last, but look, I’m thankful for now. Apart from the friendly flatmate (my current quarantine buddy), the fact that there’s a garden (!), reasonable rent, the hook that sealed the deal for me when I first visited for a viewing almost two years ago, was that out the window of my room I can see the magnificently weird MET Eireann building. Built in 1979 by Liam Mc Cormick, it’s a bizarre pyramid shape, full of dark-tinted windows and crowned with various satellites and equipment –ripe for conspiracy theories on reddit of the surveillance state. I completely love it. To me, it looks like a spaceship that’s just landed in a quiet suburban neighbourhood, making a temporary home here and might fly off at anytime. 

Focusing on the absurd has long been my coping mechanism for strange or challenging times. Why change that now? For fun, I’ve modelled this building across the road on my computer and reimagined it as a flying spaceship. I hope you enjoy!

About the Artist

Doireann Ní Ghrioghair‘s sculptural work takes its lead from the architectural heritage of cities. Through examining the materiality, history and aesthetics of buildings and monuments, her work aims to probe at the embodied values in these forms and the psychological and physical consequences of architecture for the individual in the city. Architectural landmarks in the built environment often act as societal introjections, bestowing inherited values onto their denizens. She sees them as sets of ideological markers around which we twine the fictions of our contemporary lives.  

Doireann Ní Ghrioghair graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London in 2010. She completed a long term residency at Fire Station Artist Studios, Dublin from 2014-17. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Pallas Projects, Dublin; MART Gallery, Dublin; Platform Arts, Belfast; and Eight Gallery, Dublin; and notable group exhibitions include shows at CCA Derry-Londonderry; Klimaweschel–MKH Biennale, Germany; Thames Side Gallery, London; Adobe Backroom Gallery, San Francisco; TULCA, Galway; and Eva International, Limerick. She was selected four times to exhibit at Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London, and she recently completed a residency in the School of Architecture & Engineering, UCD as part of Parity Studio.