Painter Margaret Corcoran pushes the boundaries between past, present, personal and historical narratives. Corcoran’s current series of work re-addresses The Enquiry Series – painted in 2002 when subjects such as identity, national identity, colonialism and post-colonialism were explored in an art-historical and social context. Taking its title from Edmund Burke’s theories of the sublime The Enquiry Series followed the gaze of a young female (the artist’s elder daughter) viewing and finding her way through the historically and politically loaded paintings of the Milltown Rooms of The National Gallery of Ireland. The new series finds her daughter Thérèse, at a similar age, standing in front of the Vermeer exhibition at the NGI in the exuberance of the newly renovated building and the riot of colour, re-gilded frames and the new order of hanging. In both series rooms are explored where identity and nationality are addressed against a backdrop of Colonialism and the great beauty and complexities of European Art. Interestingly The Enquiry Series was painted just as the euro replaced our Irish coinage and the new series is painted in the looming approach of Brexit.
Margaret Corcoran has exhibited consistently in both group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad since 1999. In 2003, she won the Golden Fleece Award for her painting ‘An Enquiry II: A Moment of Youth’. Corcoran holds a Masters in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design and her work is in the collections of the Office of Public Works, Trinity College Dublin and the Arts Council of Ireland. Corcoran is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin.
This is a Production Residency partnership with the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery supporting Corcoran’s solo exhibition opening on 09 May 2019. Corcoran will have a studio residency from March – April 2019.
Corcoran is a previous recipient of an IMMA Residency, she participated on the programme in 1998.