Roisin Lewis

Róisín Lewis
5 August to 8 September 2021
Studio open for visits on Wednesday and Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm

During her residency at Uillinn, Róisín Lewis will be engaged in fieldwork, studio work and conversations. The landscape around Lough Hyne will be the focus for fieldwork. While she will photograph and make drawings of this landscape to create visual records, her primary aim is to create embodied memories of multisensory and kinaesthetic experiences by journeying around and across the lake.

Using her body in this way to record the landscape, has become central to Róisín’s practice. When the country went into lockdown in March 2019, she had just returned from a residency in Senegal where she captured early morning runs in the arid wilderness surrounding the remote village of Sinthian. The previous year, her body recorded a month of swims on a dark tannin-rich pond in Connecticut, along with multiple icy laps of Sandycove Island, Kinsale.

Back in the studio, Róisín often begins work by plotting by hand the coordinates gathered by her GPS tracker during her journeys. The slow systematic process of retracing her routes encourages memories, of rhythms, colours, textures, smells to resurface. While Róisín’s practice centres on drawing, her aim during the residency, is to embrace new sculptural tendencies using materials and processes related to the landscapes she visits.

By the end of the residency Róisín will have an intimate knowledge of Lough Hyne, a collection of notes, conversations, data and memories that will form the starting point for a new body of work. In the studio at Uilllinn, she will also continue to develop works based on memories of previous journeys through landscapes in Africa, America and Ireland.

Róisín Lewis is a Dublin based artist. After graduating from NCAD in 1996 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Art, Róisín went on to pursue postgraduate studies in fine art at the University of Ulster and in multimedia systems in Trinity College Dublin. She has had solo exhibitions at Pallas Projects, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery and Ashford Gallery in Dublin, at the Proposition Gallery and the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast, and at the Roscommon Arts Centre. Her work has been included in a number of international exhibitions including the Drawing Centre, New York, The Berkeley Art Museum, California and Yanagisawa Gallery, Tokyo. She is currently working towards exhibitions in Ballina Arts Centre and the Custom House Gallery in Mayo.

This residency is supported by an Arts Council Professional Development Award.

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible


Image: Lisa1-5, acrylic on paper, 112x76cm, 2018
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