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ABOUT

Rachel Doolin (born 1981, Ireland) is a visual artist whose practice embodies an interdisciplinary approach that merges art, collaboration, and ecology to create work that is inextricably linked to process led research. Her creative journey is underpinned by a fervent curiosity of, and respect for our earthly resources, coupled with a desire to test the parameters of materiality, media, and the criticality of issue-based practice.

 

Employing a methodology, she aptly describes as 'simple complexity’, Doolin gathers, manipulates, and deftly blends diverse media to actualise thought-provoking eco-poetic installations. She frequently incorporates existing matter into the creation of her work, drawing on the ‘language of materiality’ on aesthetic, intellectual, and visceral planes. Doolin further explores material origins, as she ventures into alchemical techniques, crafting her own biodegradable polymers and experimenting with crystallization processes. The resulting sculptural and installation-based creations are intricate yet delicate aggregations that capture the essence of both the vulnerability and resilience of life in the Anthropocene era.

 

Collaboration lies at the heart of Doolin's practice, as she frequently collaborates with fellow artists, NGOs, as well as community and professional organizations to realize her artistic visions. This collaborative spirit adds depth and dimension to her work, amplifying its impact and engaging diverse audiences at the intersection of current social and ecological concerns.

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Doolin's artistic journey began with her graduation from the Crawford College of Art & Design in 2015, where she earned her BA in Fine Art. Her degree show installation, "Promethean Illusions," earned her several graduate awards, including the prestigious RDS Taylor Art Prize. Since then, she has embarked on her artistic path with unwavering zeal and ambition, building a multifaceted body of work that encompasses exhibitions, public art installations, and socially engaged projects.

 

Doolin’s most recent awards include: The CARO Climate Action Award 2023, The Halpin-Hellier Sculpture in Context Award 2023; Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary 2023, Business to Arts: Best use of creativity in the workplace 2023; Cork City Council Arts Office Individual Artist Bursary Award 2023; Lifelong Learning Award 2022; Business to Arts Jim McNaughton Best Commissioning Practice Award 2022 (Shortlist); Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Project Award 2022.

 

Recent exhibitions include: Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens (Selected Group Exhibition, 2023); Holdings, Solstice Arts Centre, (Selected Group Exhibition, 2023); Heirloom, LHQ Gallery Cork County Council, (Solo Exhibition, 2023); Heirloom, Lexicon Gallery, Dublin (Solo Exhibition,2022-23); Parklife, Biodiversity in Contemporary Irish Art, (Selected Group Exhibition, 2022).

 

Current & Recent Projects and collaborations include:

Oscillithic, with artist Anne Marie Deacy (current).  Artists Laboratory, Solstice Arts Centre with The Netterville Institute, Devenish Lands at Dowth (2022/23). Heirloom – Irish Seed Savers Association (2020-2022). The Giving Tree – BioMarin in partnership with Crann Trees for Ireland 2019- 2022. Little Bird Babble in partnership with Wallaroo Child and Family Project Ashbourne Direct Provision Centre with Birdwatch Ireland 2020-2021.

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Doolin’s work has been purchased and commissioned by both private and public collectors, and continues to be generously supported through various funding initiatives made available by local and national arts advocates and organisations:

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