New artist-in-residence at Artlink,
ARTLINK was delighted
to announce the arrival of artist-in-residence,
London based artist, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau.
Matthew arrived in Inishowen yesterday, Monday 29th
July, to begin a month long residency, based at
Artlink Studios in Fort Dunree.
He creates sculptures, drawings, digital paintings,
performances and films. His work addresses abject
materials, negative affective states, the
ambiguities of language and objects. These paintings
and animations incorporate words, objects and
sometimes a character he calls ‘The Creep’ who
facilitates and is subjected to strange processes
that allude to an allegorical or mythical function.
Creep Digesting - Myth
(screenshot of animation) 2018 by Matthew de
His latest animations
are made with the ugliest animation technique from
recent history - flash animation, a style last used
in the early days of the internet, before bandwidth
rose to allow for streaming video. As he developed
these animations he began to make ‘digital
paintings’ and based them on compositions based on
from medieval religious painting which to modern
eyes often appear ‘ugly’ or naive because of the
different pictorial conventions in that era.
For this residency, he proposes to make new
paintings and animations, developing the work he has
been focusing on over the past few years. He will
visit sites of interest in the local area such as
old monastic sites, as well as speaking to local
historians and artists to develop a better
understanding of how the history of Irish medieval
art is embedded physically in the landscape of
Donegal and how that history is represented in
contemporary culture. As part of the residency
Matthew will be delivering a talk and spending time
with artists to help them develop their practice.