Sylvia studied Fine Art at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and works mainly in
printmaking, painting and drawing. She has a Masters in Fine Art and a B.A.(Hons.) in
Fine Art Printmaking. She has won many awards for her work, including an Arts Council
Travel & Training Award, a Wexford Co. Co. Artists Bursary Award and a Golden Fleece
She was a founding director of Blackstack Print Studio, Kilkenny, from 2011 - 2020 and
taught print in KCAT, Callan, Blackstack Studio, Leinster Print Studio and also in national schools in south Co. Dublin through Rua Red Arts Centre.
Recent exhibitions include Source Arts Centre Thurles, Kilkenny Arts Office, Kilcock Art Gallery , Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford and touring exhibitions in Ireland and abroad.
Her works are held in collections in Ireland and abroad, including the collections of the
O.P.W., Wexford County Council, Kildare County Council, NCAD (Dublin), Wexford VEC
Kilkenny County Council, and the State University of New York.
My main body of work explores different aspects of identity, questioning what makes you who you are and how you happen to be where you are now. The key notion in my work is that of chance and unexpected history - time and it’s repercussions. I also enjoy taking part in different projects with different themes which can open up new insights and avenues for exploration.
I tend to think of the process I use to make an artwork as part of the piece. It says something. Printmaking is very appropriate to my main subject matter because you can create repetition and you can create uniqueness. Repetition is inherent in genetics and heredity, as is the interruption of repetition. I like the making involved, adding, taking away and working the plate – and, every time, the excitement of pulling back the paper to see the image.
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