Zero-Grazing encompasses a series of new sculptural works by Katie Watchorn which span the gallery Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover.
Watchorn’s practice is rooted in the rhythms of farming and land management in rural Ireland. Primarily sculptural, she often employs fickle, agriculturally specific materials (aggregates, fats, plastics) in combination with familiar rural motifs and ubiquitous objects (troughs, trailers, buckets). These temporary encounters establish a new awareness of a contemporary rather than a vanished existence.
Her work often minimalizes the inherently chaotic environments of farming practice by reducing it to its barest outlines, allowing for an abstraction of this otherwise practical environment. In essence, the rurality of her existence is often rendered sterile and ambiguous, a symptom of her own fluctuation from rural to urban environments, and how these landscapes often compete in her mind.
Supported by Culture Ireland, Glasgow International and The Elephant Trust
Katie Watchorn (b.1992 Ireland) graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2014. Rooted in the materiality of rural farming, Katie makes sculptural work which closely mirrors activities undertaken in rural Ireland, specifically relating to agriculture. She splits her time between Dublin and her family farm in rural Co. Carlow.
She received the Overall Winner in the Visual Arts Category of the 2014 Irish Undergraduate Awards and the Hotron Recent Graduate Award 2016, selected by Annie Fletcher. She spent much of 2019 on residency in IMMA as part of their 1000 programme. She is currently a resident at Fire Station Artist’s Studios until 2022 and is working towards group shows at The Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Katie is the recipient of a number of Arts Council Bursaries, including the Next Generation Award, 2018, which aims to support emerging artists of promise in Ireland at a pivotal stage in their career.
Recent solo shows include;
A Calf Remembered, Wexford Arts Centre, 2018
BalehomeBalehome at VISUAL Carlow, 2018, supported through the Arts Council Ireland.
Selected group shows include;
Please Touch at the Glucksman Gallery Cork, 2018,
Periodical Review #9 at Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2019
PAST/URES at the Library Project, Dublin, 2020.