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MFA Graduate Exhibition: Surface Tension

30th Apr 2014

The Burren College of Art and MFA students Mollie Douthit and Collette Egan present Surface Tension, the MFA graduate exhibition opening on 12th April at  5pm. The exhibition runs 12th April- 27th April and features paintings by Douthit, and drawings and installation work from Egan.  The foundational material elements of drawing and painting  intrigue and guide their practices. This process of continually evolving mark making is reflected in the shows title, Surface Tension.

Mollie Douthit’s still life paintings consider the physical presence and surface intricacies of familiar objects through the use of paint.  Each painting is constructed in a single day, building a momentum that the artist uses to push the piece to successful completion.  Douthit’s work plays with formal conventions of painting such as colour, composition, and paint handling. Her choice of subject matter is intuitive and the completed works express an emotional response to memories of places and people she has encountered. 

Collette Egan creates expressive drawings inspired by the experience of being within a particular time and place.  Through a process of mapping, she traces journeys through life, paying particular attention to the material she encounters along the way. The impermanence of the journey is reflected through the use of transient materials such as chalk, which is employed in immersive installations and then erased, so that the viewer is only able to experience the work for a limited time.  Through drawing, Egan seeks to connect to a place while also creating a new world in which to exist, where the artwork ultimately creates a sense of home.

Mollie Douthit (b. 1986, Grand Forks, ND)

Douthit received her BFA from the University of North Dakota in 2009, and a Post Bac Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2011. Her work has been featured in the 2013 MFA edition of New American Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Medal Award Auction, Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards, and the Saatchi Gallery in London. Douthit exhibited in the 2013 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition and received the Hennessy Craig Award. In 2014 Douthit was long listed for the John Moores Painting Prize.Forthcoming, Douthit will relocate to Kilkenny, IE to begin the nine month Tony O’Malley residency. In 2015 Douthit will hold a solo exhibition in the Ashford gallery space at the RHA, Dublin.

Collette Egan (b. 1985, London)

Egan received her BFA in Painting from Wimbledon School of Art in 2008. She was recently selected for inclusion in the 2013 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin, and ‘Something Recalled’ curated by Helen Carey, Director of Limerick City Gallery. Forthcoming exhibitions include a joint show at Gallery 126 in Galway City during May 2014.

For further information on the exhibition and the graduate program, please visit www.burrencollege.ie and www.facebook.com/groups/BurrenDegree/

www.colletteegan.com

www.molliedouthit.com

  • Surface Tensions Exhibition
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • Artists Mollie Douthit & Collette Egan with Tom Shortt who opened the exhibition
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
    MFA Graduate Show - Surface Tension
  • Surface Tension - Gallery
    Surface Tension - Gallery
    Surface Tension - Gallery