New work by Katie Watchorn spans the gallery and courtyard at Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover. Watchorn’s practice is rooted in the rhythms of her family’s dairy farm in rural Ireland. She often works with fickle, agriculturally specific materials within a context that is inherently unstable. Primarily through sculpture, she attempts to worry through her family’s farm life, as her father worries over his animals.
Concerned over the future of the farm, Watchorn sees her work partly as a form of documentation. She creates the sensation of entering onto private land – as if the landowner has only just departed. She gives the visitor unspoken and perhaps congenial access to the dwelling place of a farmer and also that of livestock.
Katie Watchorn (b. 1992, Ireland) lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2014. Watchorn makes sculptural work which mirrors the activities undertaken on her families farm in rural Ireland. Solo shows include BalehomeBalehome at VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland 2018 and A Calf Remembered at Wexford Arts Centre, 2018. Watchorn recently completed a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of their IMMA 1000 programme and is currently resident in Fire Station Artists Studios in Dublin until 2022. For more information visit katiewatchorn.eu