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False Memory

Roisin McGuigan

Roisín McGuigan, OS30, 2019, Lithograph, Courtesy of the Artist ©Roisín McGuigan

Roisin McGuigan


Roisín McGuigan, OS60, 2019, Lithograph, Courtesy of the Artist ©Roisín McGuigan

Roisin McGuigan

Roisín McGuigan uses painting, drawing and mixed media to create artworks that reference the landscape in relation to identity and our relationship with place. OS30 and OS60 are from a series of lithographic maps of mis-remembered places. Maps are representations of land, a visualisation of place, the environment, its boundaries and features, that is received as truth and trusted as fact. This map series is imbued with ambiguity and plays on the viewer’s innate trust of the map as fact. Instead these two lithographs re-evaluate place as personal, unique, and open to interpretation. The prints are pulled from the lithography stones that were originally used by Ordnance Survey Ireland to print all the maps of the country. This increases the credibility of the map and reinforces their (albeit false) status as true representations of place. Playing on memory, recognition and familiarity, these maps are rendered real by the viewer through their own interpretation and perceived recognition of the cartographic rendering.

McGuigan has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. For the last couple of years, she has held residencies in Florence and Venice and has been selected for numerous awards by the Arts Council Ireland. Her art is held in public collections in Italy and Ireland and in private collections in Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, The Netherlands, UK & USA. She currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.