Aoife Dwyer


Born in Dublin, Dwyer spent some time living in Brighton, England, where she studied screenprint under the tutelage of Terence Gravett at the Brighton Polytechnic College of Art. In 1998 she graduated from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, with a BA honours degree in Fine Art. She became a member of the Black Church 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. From 2005 to 2009 she has worked with DLRCo.Co as part of the artists in school programme and has facilitated workshops responding to the Michael Craig Martin exhibition Alphabet (2010), projects with two Dun Laoghaire primary schools to produce printed textiles for use in LexIcon Library Dun Laoghaire (2014); together with her husband architect David Dwyer, Aoife worked on an intergenerational project under the theme of engaging with architecture (2014). She has also facilitated the Family Programme at the National Gallery of Ireland.


Dwyer works with photography, screenprint and etching. She is interested in drawing attention to everyday domestic objects, unintended marks, spaces and surfaces. The process and inherent qualities of printmaking are themselves influential in the development of her work. With digital photography Dwyer records marks, scratches and hints of repetitive subconscious actions. These images are then etched onto metal plates and begin their morphosis. In response to the variations of multi-plate printing the images evolve and begin to suggest landscapes. This almost accidental work has developed into a series titled "Found Drawings", "Tide Marks", "Home Scapes", and more recently a series called "Lost and Found". Through the medium of print making, the visual information embedded in the paper suggests a permanence and is a record of time spent.


Solo exhibitions include ‘Wild', National Concert Hall, Dublin (2004) and ‘Link to the Future', Aer Rianta Arts Festival (1999). She exhibited in Kilkenny in a two person show titled ‘Found Drawings, Kozo Gallery, Thomastown (2007). She has also participated in many group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including An tOireachtas; RHA Annual Exhibition, RUA annual exhibition, Eigse, Carlow; Iontas Sligo; and more recently ‘Pressed' curated by the Graphic Studio Dublin, County Hall Dun Laoghaire (2013); dlr Open Submission Exhibition, County Hall Dun Laoghaire (2013); ‘Draw the Line' in the Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin (2011) and ‘Inhabit' Draoicht, Blanchardstown (2008). In 2014 she was invited to show at the 184th annual RHA exhibition.


Dwyer completed residencies at Cill Rialiag Arts Centre, in 2010 and 2014. She is a recipient of DLRCC professional development grant 2011. Her work is included in public and private collections including the Office of Public Works, RTE, Guinness, Dun Laoghaire county collection and Dublin Bus.



Artist Statement

Aoife Dwyer's work takes unintended marks or found drawings as a starting point, which through the process of print become suggestive of landscapes.


The residual marks of insignificant things, such as the scratches on the underneath of a tin dustpan, or dust on a window are recorded with digital photography. These images are then photo etched onto metal plates and printed in layers. In response to the variations of multi-plate printing the images begin to suggest seascapes and horizons.


The inherent qualities of etching are particularly relevant to the way found images themselves come about. The etched surface of a metal plate, the scratches, layering of time, hints of repetitive subconscious actions and the history held, is evident in both the process of printmaking and the found drawings.


The accumulation of these marks is a quiet unnoticed evidence of time passing. In a fast paced world it is the antithesis to progress but still a marker of time. Dust or incidental marks are transient by their very nature. This work, through the medium of printmaking, the visual information embedded in the paper, suggests a permanence and is a record of time spent.


This work has developed through series titled ‘Found Drawings', ‘Tide Marks', ‘Homescapes', 'Lost and Found' and more recently a series titled ‘Dust Layers'.