34. Kathy Prendergast
The drawing on my plate is based on the door knob at Casino Marino.
I loved the fact that in designing this building even the door knobs were
treated with special attention with frilagree and whorls trailing over the
wood. Such beauty! Everyone has to open and close doors, from the Ist
Earl of Charlemont to the maids and cleaners. Beauty is for everyone!
Kathy Prendergast was educated in NCAD, Dublin and RCA London. Her work has revolved around a potent cluster of issues chief among which are sexuality, identity, landscape, mapping and power. She came to widespread attention for her monumental project, ‘City Drawings’ for which she won the Best Young Artist Award at the Venice Biennale 1994. She often transforms our notion of the everyday using objects that already have a history; family clothes and photographs, generic maps, collected items such as stones and jam jars, for example, her Black Map Series which conveys magical views of a night sky where towns and cities become complicated constellations of planets and stars, and LOST, a computer generated map of North America where all place names are deleted apart from the placenames which contain the work ‘Lost’. In recent years Prendergast has exhibited widely in various venues including Tate Britain, Venice and Sydney Biennales, the ICA, Boston, the Drawing Center, New York, Kerlin Gallery 2007 and 2009, Peer, London, 2010, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and Berardo Museum, Lisbon.
She is represented in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the British Government Collection, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Arts Council of Ireland, the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, the Santa Barbara University Museum, the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville , the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery Dublin and numerous private collections in Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and the USA.