7. Margaret Corcoran
In Milan I had the privilege of being shown a very beautiful private collection of art – it was there that I was made aware of Piranesi. His ‘Remains of An Ancient Tomb, called La Conocchia’ made a lasting impression. My work is often art-historically engaged and at that time I was concerned with the Irish 18th Century artists George Barret and Thomas Roberts among others; and I could not understand this sudden jump in interest – but I went with it, and afterwards realised that the Earl of Charlemont was the link.
His vision for Ireland I find inspiring. It was wonderfully bizarre when Nuala asked me to partake in this show, because she could not have known that this was the exact lap-over that I was working on. And, it encouraged me so much to be asked. This piece, that Nuala commissioned from me has a post 9/11 apocalyptic return to Utopia. We are as humans, much better off celebrating each others cultures, than doing anything other than revelling in difference. It is appropriate that here in this Irish Utopian venue, many centuries later we are still celebrating the magnificence of the force and influence of Italian Culture. I hope that James Caulfield, Earl of Charlmont might be pleased?
Margaret Corcoran was born in Dublin in 1963. She is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1986), including a three-month study period at Chelsea School of Art, and also holds a Masters in Fine Art Painting from NCAD, Dublin. She currently lives and works in Dublin. She is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin and John Martin Gallery, Mayfair and Chelsea, London.
“We see the past in terms of the representational strategies used to describe it. This idea has been integral to the rationale of Margaret Corcoran’s work. Her paintings have revisited historical eras with the aim of illuminating the world views implicit in the images and the ways they were constructed, genarally with particular regard to the role of women of looking, seeing and making.Her engagement has been broadly critical and analytical.”
– Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times (2009)