Aoife Dwyer makes works that show residual marks of everyday life, such as the scratches on a tin dustpan or gathered dust on a window.The marks indicate some previous activity, now absent.These found drawings are incidental and so often overlooked. Through the process of etching and printing varied layerstheygo from being fleeting or insubstantial to permanently printed. They begin to read as horizons, seascapes, and landscapes but really are just layered marks. This work has developed through various series titled ‘Found Drawings’, ‘Tide Marks’, ‘Homescapes’, ‘Lost and Found’, ‘Dust Layers’, and more recently a series titled ‘A Fine Line’ – a nod to the fine line between looking at the traces of activity or the overlooked part of life and seeing a possible landscape.
Aoife Dwyer (b. Dublin, 1962) is a printmaker and educator. She uses photography, screen-printing and etching in her practice to make work that draws from her domestic life. During the late 80s Dwyer lived in Brighton, England, where she first studied printmaking with Terence Gravett at the Brighton Polytechnic College of Art. In 1998 she graduated from National College of Art and Design, Dublin, as a mature student with a BA honours degree in Fine Art. She became a member of Black Church Print Studio that same year and subsequently became a Director of the Board in 2005. Since 1998 she has been a tutor in Fine Art at the City of Dublin Education and Training Board and has worked on many community engagement projects with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) and the National Gallery of Ireland.Dwyer completed residencies at CillRialiag Arts Centre in 2010 and 2014. In 2012 shewas awarded the DLRCoCo professional development grant. Her work is included in public and private collections including the Office of Public Works, RTE, Guinness, DLR County Collection and Dublin Bus.