Elaine Crowe is an artist, living and working in Dublin. Having recently completed her Masters in Fine Art with OCA (UK, 2020), Elaine has studied Art since 2009 and has been awarded a Degree in Sculpture and Expanded Practice from NCAD (Dublin, 2016). Throughout her career, Elaine has worked in many areas of the Arts - Architecture, Set Design and Theatre Production, Puppet Making for Street Theatre. Elaine also works as a Special Education Teacher and teaches Art at Primary and Post-Primary level. As a lens-based artist, Elaine's video, photography and print works explore her relationship with the landscape from a gendered perspective and she has exhibited widely. Recent exhibitions include Printmaking at the Edge (New Hampshire, 2021), Whiteout (online, 2020), No Show (online, 2020), Impressions Print Biennale (Galway, 2019), Strangelove Film Festival (The Photographers Gallery London, 2019) and Noemata One Off Film Festival (Denmark, Spain, Norway, 2019). Elaine's work featured in LandEscape Art Review (2019) and her work 180 km was acquired by The National Irish Visual Arts Library (Dublin, 2016).
2021: Investigating Place Through Psychogeography, Open College of the Arts (OCA), U.K.
2020: Masters in Fine Art, Open College of the Arts (OCA), U.K.
2016: Diploma in Digital Video Production and Post Production, DBS, Dublin.
2016: Degree (BFA) in Fine Art (Hons) in Sculpture and Expanded Practice, NCAD, Dublin.
2014: Diploma in Art and Design, NCAD, Dublin.
2013: Certificate in Visual Art Practice, NCAD, Dublin.
2021: Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Spain.
2021: International Mini Print Cantabria, Faro Cabo Mayor Art Center, Spain.
2021: Printimaking At The Edge, The Art Centre, Dover, New Hampshire.
2020: Trasna IX, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
2020: Whiteout, Working Artists Collective Online Exhibition.
2020: IPE '20, Green Door Printmaking Studios, Derby.
2020: No Show, MA Online Exhibition.
2019: Red Dot 4th Mini Print Exhibition: The Garage Gallery Aldeburgh U.K., ARTSPACE Woodbridge U.K.
2019: IPE '19, Green Door Printmaking Studios, Derby.
2019: Emerald Prints, Whiteaker Studios, Portland & Eugene, Oregon
2019: Impressions, Print Biennale, GMIT Gallery, Galway.
2019: Lunch Money Print:, The Marquee Gallery, New London, Connecticut.
2019: Strangelove Film Festival, The Photographers Gallery London, Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate, Fabrica Brighton, Quarterhouse and Brewery Tap Folkestone.
2019: Nomata One Off Film Festival, public locations Denmark, Valencia Spain, Gol Norway.
2018: Trasna 8, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
2018: A5 Art Fair, Galway Arts Centre, Galway.
2018: Halftone Print Fair, The Library Project, Dublin.
2018: IPE '18, Green Door Printmaking Studios, Derby.
2018: Ranelagh Arts Festival, Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin.
2017: Halftone Print Fair, The Library Project, Dublin.
2017: EP'17 Print Exchange Group Exhibition, Blackgate Cultural Centre, Galway.
2017: Ban an Tí Group Exhibition, The Chocolate Factory, Dublin.
2016: We are Drifters Group Exhibition, 126 Gallery, Galway.
2016: Acquisition of 180 km: Between by The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL).
2016: Longlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards, RDS, Dublin.
2016: Graduate Show, NCAD, Dublin.
2015: Re:Position Group Exhibition, MART Gallery, Rathmines, Dublin.
2014: Studio Group Exhibition, Eblana House and Old A4 Shop, Dublin.
2014: Overall Winner, CEAD Annual Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin.
2013: Open Space Group Exhibition, St. Catherine's Gallery, Dublin.
2013: Winner of Image selected for CEAD Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2012: CEAD Annual Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin.
2012: Untitled Group Exhibition, Ballyroan Library, Dublin.
2011: CEAD Annual Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin.
Medusa: Halftone Print Fair, 'District Dublin'Publication (November 2018)
We Are Drifters Exhibition (December 2016)
Review by Stephen Roche (2016)
"We are drifters amonst spaces where the madness of things has no limit." When Thomas Ligotti wrote these words for his book Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe, he was perhaps referring to existentialist theories that permeate the visual arts also. Ligotti's non- fiction has been described as "a kind of philosophical tract on the horror of the 'real' and the dread that comes, hand-in hand, with our self- reflection" The artists in We Are Drifters have each responded to Ligotti's words in a way that offers us a glimpse of their own self-reflection within their own practice and a platform from which to reflect upon our own 'self' in relation to the spaces that we occupy and drift within.
Elaine Crowe's split screen projections take the sea as a limitless enitity. The viewer is slowly brought further and further towards the horizon and what is percieved as a vast and open place becomes claustrophobic as the artist/figure struggles to push beyond the limits of the physical body. One is given the choice to continue and be engulfed by a force stronger than they, or to return back to the safety of the shore accepting these limitations.
Review of 180 km by Aidan Dunne (Arena, RTÉ Radio 1 (21.06.16))
Review of Graduate Show by Aidan Dunne (IRISH TIMES 21.06.16))
CEAD Annual Exhibition, 2013.