Bright Futures

The Graduates

 

CONOR FORAN

 

 

Conor is a Visual Communication graduate from NCAD, he is the co-founder of BARE Magazine and was recently awarded the illustrious Vincent Steer Award by the International Society of Typographic Designers. He based his recent final year project on his personal experience with a stutter.

 

 

 

 

Describe your typical creative process in 5 words:

Research, research, fail, panic, create

How long did it take you to feel you had honed your own personal style?

I wouldn’t say I’ve a personal style at all, more-so a rough idea of what kind of work interests me. The work will then guide what style is necessary

Which appeals to you more, freelancing or working with a design company?

Since I’m fresh out of college, learning has never been more important and there’s no better environment to do that than in a place with like-minded people such as a design studio

What are your thoughts on access and availability of opportunities as a recent graduate?

Understanding the power of networking and realising that opportunities beget opportunities is important: you need to get that ball rolling by any means

How do you overcome creative blocks?

Pacing the room tends to help me a lot.

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Still from short film ‘The Unconscious Mind’

 

KEVIN SMITH

 

 

Graduating from DIT with a degree in Fine Art, Kevin was awarded the RHA Graduate Award and long listed for the RDS Visual Art Award.  He is the Producer and Artist behind the Dublin based Hip Hop Artist KOJAQUE . His work centres around ideas of masculinity and the ritual, manifesting in film and spoken word.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Describe your work in 5 words:

Intimate, violent, fragile, aggressive, performative

Describe your typical creative process in 5 words:

Reading, listening, writing, creating, performing

In your film for the DIT Degree Show ‘Love in Technicolour’ you featured in the film as the protagonist, what made you put yourself in the work?

I knew I wanted to make a work that was halfway between a film and a performance art piece, I thought this would be difficult to explain to an actor, so I performed it myself

What are your thoughts on access and availability of opportunities as a recent graduate?

Opportunities are available if you really push yourself and stay organised. However, the supply doesn’t exactly meet the demand so opportunity can feel like a lottery

What is your focus for the next few years as an artist/musician?

Creating lasting work that I am proud to put my name to

How do you overcome creative blocks?

Meditation is good.

 

Still from film ‘Love in Technicolour’

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CARÁ DONAGHEY

 

 

Graduate of Fine Art -Fine Print and Visual Culture from NCAD, Cará was awarded the First Prize John Kelly RHA Graduate Award from Blackchurch Print Studios and is due to give a talk on her practice with Ormond Studios in September. Her work draws on personal narratives, sense of place and the expanded idea of the archive.

 

 

 

 

 

Describe your work in 5 words:

Surreal, quiet, lo-fi, vernacular, print-based

And your typical creative process?

Observation, documentation, caffeine-fueled, tangential, consideration

In what way does research benefit your practice?

In terms of theory, I feel like my background in visual culture adds an extra dimension and weight to my work. It gives the viewer something to chew on, so to speak

What are your thoughts on access and availability of opportunities as a recent graduate?

There are opportunities, but it can be difficult for graduates to focus when coming straight out of the intensity of the degree show. Some people thrive on this intensity, others don’t, and so the short time limit on some applications means some graduates miss out due to exhaustion

How do you overcome creative blocks?

I always go back to drawing to help push through a block. ‘For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’. If I don’t stop, then I don’t have to restart – just keep going.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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‘Mute at the Verge’ by Cará Donaghey

 

 

Interview by Róisín McGannon.