Drawing plays a central role in Joanna Kidney’s practice. Her work is process based, encompassing drawing, encaustic painting, wall based assemblages and spatial drawing. It is drawing’s inherent characteristics; immediacy, open endedness, spontaneity, technical diversity and rawness, that pull Kidney back again and again to make drawing based work. This work, showing in the RHA Atrium, deals with the expansion of drawing within a space.
Curiosity and intuitive inventiveness are intrinsic to exploring the potential of materials within the process. The tension between marks/lines/forms, proportions, positive/negative space and colour is playfully tested. The work is informed simultaneously by geometry, symmetry and micro details. The unfolding dialogue between the 2D and 3D aspects of the work is integral to the process…the cycle of drawing within: how the 2D work informs the spatial drawing work and vice versa.
Intuition and the role it plays in the making of the work intrigues Kidney. Her work raises notions of the relationship between the subconscious, memory and intuition rather than seeking conclusions.
With an open-ended approach to making 2D and 3D drawings, Kidney seeks out the vitality of the artwork; digging to both create and reveal it.
Joanna Kidney was born in Dublin and currently lives in Co. Wicklow. Solo shows in Ireland include Sing yourself to where the signing comes from, The Drawing Project, Co. Dublin; This speaking place, Stone Gallery, Dublin; Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast; Courthouse Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow; In and out of a familiar world, Linenhall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo; The shape of a moment, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; To the silence, to the sea, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary. Group shows include RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin; Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle Roscommon; Contemporary Art from Ireland, European Central Bank, Germany; Metamorphosis in White, Gallerie HD Nick, France; Les quatre Saisons de l’Art, Gallerie HD Nick, France; Shortlisted entries for First National Solo Exhibition Award (three person show), Sligo Art Gallery and Works on Paper (three person show), Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin.
She is currently working in Temple Bar Galleries and Studios and has recently completed a 6-month residency at the RHA Studios. Awards include Runner-up www.joannakidney.com, Open Exhibition, Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, selected by Patrick Murphy, Director RHA, Dublin; a www.joannakidney.com County Council Arts Office Arts Group Bursary; an Artlinks Bursary, participation in an Artlinks Selected Mentoring Programme led by Curator Cliodhna Shaffrey; a Heinrich Boll residency, Co Mayo; Cill Rialaig Residencies, Co. Kerry; the Wicklow County Council Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary and a DIT Award of Excellence. She has recently been a member of the Dublin City Council Selected Artists panel. Her work is included in the collections of AIB, The Central Bank, Dublin, OPW, UCD and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland.