Vlog: My Masters in Fine Art Exhibition Walk-Through

arlene caffrey masters fine art exhibition at limerick school of art

It’s an emotional time as I have just completed my Masters Degree in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art & Design. My classmates and I opened our graduation exhibition, ‘Polyphonic Textures’, which is a culmination of our work over the past 12 months, at the Church Gallery at LSAD in Limerick city.

This Fine Art exhibition is open to the public until Tuesday 12th, however I know that many of you won’t be able to attend, so here is a video of a walk through of my work.

I have so much to say and share about my Master’s journey, but for now I am rather exhausted an will leave you with the video as well as my artist statement.

The title from my research proposal was ‘An Exploration of the Pole Dance Stiletto as a Tool for Creating Art Works Grounded in Autotheory’.

Here’s my artist statement for the project:

“This performance art project is an autotheoretical research-led exploration of embodied experience and identity, symbolized by sculptural fragile and fracturing stiletto shoes.

Underpinned by the Deleuzian concept of ‘becoming-woman’ as a conceptual framework, this practice seeks to create not only a sense of wonder at what a body can do but to explore the collective consciousness of signifiers, employing feminist epistemology that Jones says ‘…must acknowledge not only the temporality and processual nature of identifying but also the intersectional quality of how and what we identify in ourselves and others’ (2012, p. 177).

In this theme, I have created a series of sculptural artefacts and experimental enquiries of live performance, with resulting performative works in moving image and lens based media employing Fournier’s definition of autotheory as a method for creating artworks that ‘…integrate the personal and the conceptual, the theoretical and the autobiographical, the creative and the critical, in ways attuned to interdisciplinary, feminist histories’ (2021, p. 18).”

Would you like to support my work as an artist? If you like my art, you can contact me to ask about purchasing any of these pieces, or if you simply want to show your appreciation you can do so by buying me a coffee. I greatly appreciate the support!

Fournier, L. (2021). Autotheory as feminist practice in art, writing, and criticism. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Jones A. (2012). Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts. London and New York: Routledge.