Interview with Vivienne Byrne

Vivienne Byrne is a multi media artist with an interest in exploring the ephemeral quality of time and space. Her exhibition ‘The Turning Point’ took place in Droichead Arts Centre and closed on the 19th of March. Following her very successful first solo exhibition, we asked her a few questions.

When did you first realise that you are an artist?

Since I was about four or five I have been drawing and making things. I thought everybody did, so I never considered myself an artist.  I have only recently become accustomed to being called an artist since I exhibited work in Multyfarnham and had my first solo show in the Droichead Arts Centre. I am also not that comfortable with the title “artist” as I still feel that I am a person who makes stuff or facilitates others to do so.

What inspires you to create art?

The unpredictability that causes a piece of work to be really interesting.

What medium do you prefer to work in?

At the moment – video installation, but I find that the work itself determines how it should be explored and viewed.

Which artists do you admire?

I enjoy the work of lots of artists, but I guess I’m always intrigued by the work of Rebecca Horn.

Could you tell us some more about your work?

My work is concerned the impossible task of capturing time and space, and in doing so questioning the way we experience it. Video installation is an effective way to do this. I am interested in the hidden forces that surround us, both in our environment and in our psyche. I enjoy discovering the spiritual dimension in the ordinary moment and the healing properties that the discovery of this dimension has, through the process of making art.

Are you working on any new art projects at the moment?

I am currently preparing to walk the Camino De Santiago de Compostela, a 500km walk from the Pyrenees in France to Compostela in Spain which I will be documenting in some form as I go along. I am not sure how this documentation will take place until I get there, but I am quite excited about the meditative journey. I’m also concerned about the foot blisters!


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