Arts Life - Deirdre Mcphillips & Sally O’Dowd

What I do: Performance/film/drawing/installation.

Favourite café: Radisson Farnham Estate, Cavan. Front dining rooms, with the round magenta sofa. You can order on the phone from the sofa.

Current listening: Clams Casino’s I’m God

The last gig I attended: Beach House, Opera House, Cork Jazz Festival.

Recently read book: (Deirdre): The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson. (Sally): Francesca’s Party, by Patricia Scanlan.

My last trip to the theatre: Calendar Girls at the Everyman Palace — a joint outing.

The last exhibition I attended: Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), Backwater Artists Group Exhibition 2012, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

My favourite film: (Deirdre) Frida (2002), by Julie Taymor; (Sally) Roof Piece (1971), by Trisha Brown.

My favourite writer/artist/musician: (Deirdre) Maurice Merleau-Ponty/ Beuys/ Chabela Vargas; (Sally) Sigmund Freud/ Rebecca Horn/ Danial Snaith (Caribou).

My favourite work of art: (Deirdre) Abramovic & Ulay — The Lovers: Boat Emptying, Stream Entering (1988); (Sally) The Lament For Icarus, by Herbert Draper.

My favourite venue: Maynes Pharmacy and the Crane Lane, Cork City.

The writer/artist/musician I would most like to meet: (Deirdre) Chavela Vargas. (Sally) Sigmund Freud, if he were alive.

Bio: Deirdre is a student on the MA Art and Process in Crawford College of Art and Design. In 2008, she graduated with a BFA (hons) in sculpture and environmental art from Glasgow School of Art, and the National School of Paint, Print and Sculpture, ‘La Esmeralda’, in Mexico City. She was awarded an artist’s bursary by Cork County Council in 2010 and completed a two-year residency with Cork Film Centre in 2011.

Sally is also a student on the MA. She received a BA (hons) in fine art from Middlesex University, London. She has worked for various institutions and art organisations, including Ledri School of Art and Design, Cyprus, and Matt Roberts Arts, London. She co-curated Trans-art Festival of Contemporary Art, Cavan 2012. Sally is a recipient of the Thomas McLoughlin Memorial Award (2007).

Current show CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Outbox, MA Art and Process show, ground floor (School of Architecture), 9/10 Copley Street, Cork.

11-5pm until Fri, Dec 14 (closed on Sundays).


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