Epoch Dublin is a newly-formed collective of visual artists who banded together to create bold, striking and colourful art that responds to a variety of subjects including; current and social issues, feminism, mental health, climate change and more.
1. Can you provide a brief introduction to Epoch?
We are Dublin based artists from Ireland, France and the United States with practices ranging from illustration , to printmaking and painting.
2. Why did you decide to form a collective?
The group’s founder Robyn Carey wanted to fill a gap in the Dublin art scene by forming a strong collective to promote female art. Normalising the idea of female artists’ in Dublin was a key motivating factor in the group’s formation. Making art responding to a range of societal or relatable issues is something we’re exploring , with the hopes of connecting with the people of Dublin.
3. Social media is shaping a DIY culture, allowing artists and designers to promote their work through various online channels. What other beneficial (or negative) impact does social media have on the life and work of an artist?
Interestingly enough, we are all linked from Instagram. Although some of us had crossed paths before, the entire idea to set up the group initiated through Instagram, following fellow Dublin-based female artists and thinking that there needs to be a group. The first meeting was planned through Instagram direct messages – so social media of course is very important to us.
We see it as a positive; asides from our exhibitions, we want our social media platforms to be used as a place to have our say in a creative way at various things that are happening in Ireland and the rest of the world. For instance soon after we formed our Instagram ; we were able to come together and post work in response to the Belfast rape trial, and its inclusion of underwear as evidence. So it was great to see our opinions and and artworks shared and commended by many. This is definitely something we want to do more of.
Individually as artists we all agree that social media especially image based Instagram is an undeniably positive way of promoting your work, I think being an artist in 2018 means embracing the social media aspect of your work, as it can really open doors and help you grow as an artist.
4. Your mission statement declares that you want to depict modern issues through your work; what issues would you like to tackle in future exhibitions?
Personal emotions and Mental health are definitely topics we are inspired by, so that is something we’d like to produce work rooted from in future. Also women’s issues and feminism are of course a huge driver for us.
5. What is the focus or theme of your debut exhibition?
RISO CITY is a risograph print exhibition, responding to Ireland’s housing crisis. Themes for the work include homelessness, social housing, vacant buildings and over-crowding.
Although each print looks fun and colourful; in contrast to this they were all inspired by the harrowing statistics of Ireland’s housing crisis. We aim to inform the viewer of the state of the crisis in a visual way. We will be selling editions of prints with proceeds going to the worst affected – the homeless, on behalf of the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) charity.
We hope our artworks visually connect to people and what’s going on in Dublin and Ireland, and raises much-needed funds for ICHH.
Risco City takes place this Thursday at Lucky’s Bar on Meath Street. Prints are available to purchase on the night for €15 euro each or two prints for €25, with all proceeds donated to ICHH. The event is sponsored by Teeling’s Whiskey with music by Bobofunk & Endrif.
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