Ann Kavanagh

Biography

Ann Kavanagh visual artist originally from Kilkenny, now living in Dublin.
Ann works across the mediums of photography and printmaking and is both a studio and board member of the Black Church Print Studio. Ann has participated at residencies at other print studios namely Crown Point Press, San Francisco, Druckstella Printmaking Studio, Berlin and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

​Education:
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Fine Art 2.1 – Photography and Fine Art Printmaking – 1999-2004

Achivements:
2019 selected to be a participant on the Skills transfer programme at the National Print Museum.

2016 and 2018 selected to participate at MI-LAB, Lake Kawaguchico, Japan. MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Lab) is an artist-in-residence program designed to provide extensive knowledge of mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) and its techniques to international artists, printmakers and teachers of printmaking, as well as to enable them to make use of traditional tools and materials.
2004 Prize winner at Impressions Print open submission, Galway Arts Centre
2003 Received a graduate award to Graphic Print Studios, Dublin.

Statement

Aesthetics of structural man made forms fuse and clash with the natural in my artworks With a type of fragmented sensitivity, delicateness and refinement, the work presents a serene and solemn calm that comes out of and abstracts into a carefully constructed chaos. This orderly chaos that I look for in my work reflects on the relationship between two seemingly opposing concepts; the wild and the urban landscape.
I abstract certain elements to create a visual interpretation of my urban and rural surroundings. The printing process for me is a response to the materials themselves, erasing lines to create lines, mark making on copper and aluminium plates plus the accidental scratches that I choose to leave, editing until a composition begins to emerge. Each print is developed in conjunction with one another. I work instinctively and as my urban surroundings become more intense, my emotive response to this is created by layers and depth of colour, contrast and textures found within my environment.
While I make many similar prints, I have a personal preference to keep my prints unique and only make small varied editions.