Current Artist in Residence

Corban Walker

Corban Walker, born 1967, Dublin, Ireland, gained recognition for his installations, sculptures, and drawings that relate to perceptions of scale and architectural constructs. His specific philosophies of scale are fundamental to how he defines and develops his work, creating new means for viewers to interact and navigate their surroundings.

Walker graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, with a degree in Fine Art Sculpture in 1992. His first solo show was held at the City Arts Center in Dublin, Ireland in 1994. Since then, he has mounted solo exhibitions internationally and has realized eight important public commissions worldwide. Walker’s work is part of numerous public and private collections around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Irish Museum of Art, Dublin.

Walker represented Ireland at the 54th Venice International Art Biennale in 2011. In the same year he was elected as a member of Aosdána, by the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2015, he received a Pollock Krasner Award and was invited to be artist in residence at Atelier Calder in Saché, France


Aya Ito

Aya Ito is a Japanese artist who has been living and working in Dublin for the past 16 months. Ito’s painting and sculpture mainly deals with the emergence of adolescent sexual desire. Recurring motifs include creatures traditionally associated with fantasy and fictional imagery – for example, zombies or ghosts. Ito’s work creates dreamlike or chaotic landscapes that represent the complex nature of the awakening of desire in the mind while still retaining characteristics that are associated with adolescence.

This first stage is to construct a diorama of an envisioned scene. This can vary in size but usually in the scale of a Japanese dolls play house. Within the diorama, a variety of objects are assembled and can include ceramic sculptures, paper cut-outs and drawings, polystyrene moulds, photography and ready-mades such as plants or vegetables. The process of selecting these dreamlike or nightmarish assemblages and characters from the mind while creating these dioramas provokes the artist to imagine an alter native, tangible parallel reality. The dreamlike state between the actual and the imagined is sought. Once the diorama constructed, the scene is photographed under different lighting conditions and from various angles. These photographs provide the framework for the final painting or painted installation. The three-dimensional diorama – itself having been the source of the painting.

Image: Ayo Ito, Installation view from The Hole at  8/ART GALLERY, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015, Photograpy Kenji Takahashi.

Corban Walker, 129-40, Acrylic, Screw posts, 129 x 129 x 40cm, Image courtesy of the artist.