Darn Thorn (1975) was born in Sligo, Ireland and holds a MA in Fine Art from Monash University, Australia. He has exhibited in Australia, China, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway & the UK. He is published in Photofile, The Age (Australia) and 36 Exp. (University of Manchester). A studio holder at Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2010-13), he recently participated in the Bristol Biennial (2012) and EXPOSURE at the FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK, (2013). He has lectured in photography at numerous institutions in Australia including Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne, 2005-08) and he currently teaches masterclasses at the Darkroom located in Block T, Dublin. In 2014 he was been a resident at Fire Station Artists Studio, Dublin and Malakta Art Centre, Malax, Finland. He currently holds a studio at Backwater Artists Group and lives in Cork, Ireland.
“A current interest in my research is the link between landscape, occupation and regional identity. By documenting built structures and researching the socio-cultural dynamic of New Brunswick, the project will consider how the land and terrain informs local culture. After surveying sites of regional significance, the findings will be recorded via digital mapping techniques and analogue cartography. This data will then inform a series of photographic, film and video works that present an outsiders perspective on the cultural factors present. By researching the history of the area and how in particular its landscape has been represented in art, the project will respond to the issues that impact on the region.”
Image: Untitled from the series Arcadia in Grey, Giclee Print, 16 x 24 in., Darn Thorn, 2015.