Home from Home
Irish artists respond to COVID 19 restrictions

Ciara Roche

Artist Response

Two weeks into self isolation I ran out of documentation to continue the project I had been working on before the pandemic kicked in. Going through pictures I had taken on my phone I noticed that I had bank of pictures - of moments of light and colour in my home, a home I had moved into two months previous and have clearly been besotted with the play of light around different corners during the days spent painting, cleaning and decorating my new space. 

I found myself setting time challenges to make small paintings with limited time. The resulting paintings are small, intimate studies of light and colour and have been a joy to make, with no end goal in mind, a distraction, while also a sort of discovery of a place that has now especially, become my place. 

About the Artist

Ciara Roche is a painter based in county Wexford. Her second solo show, Here and Away, opened in The Lab gallery in Dublin in September 2019. She completed an MA in Art Research and Collaboration with the Institute of Art Design and Technology in May 2019. She has shown work extensively throughout Ireland including in Sirius Arts Centre, The Royal Irish Academy, Royal Hibernian Academy, Peripheries Gorey and her first solo show was in St Carthage Hall in Lismore with Lismore Castle Arts in 2016. 

As part of a collective with two other artists she was awarded the Per Cent for Art Commission with Wexford County Council in January 2019. Roche has been a recipient of an Arts Council Bursary and her work is included in public and private collections throughout Ireland, Britain, USA and China.