Welcome to resident artist Siobhán Tattan

CPVA proudly welcomes Siobhán Tattan to King’s College London as artist in residence this spring term . Siobhán Tattan was selected from nearly a hundred applications to our open call last year, and will be attending Christopher Hamilton’s module on the Search for Meaning. Hamilton’s focus on literature and tragedic episodes will complement her own research into the romantic in literature, and explore how gestures in staging, sound, tone, and film are used to uphold a character’s wealth of emotions. After attending the lecture series, Tattan will share a residency at Kunsthuis SYB later this year with fellow artist in residence Hester Reeve.

In her work, Siobhán is interested in the romantic, not as the pursuer of sexual conquest, but rather as the pursuer of those lost fleeting moments of mystery and remoteness from everyday life. Her installations take the form of absent performances, which, through their absence of the work’s character’s bodily presence, explore how gestures in staging, sound, tone, and film can uphold its character’s wealth and subtlety of emotions.

The methodology Siobhán employs in her work is enriched by research into historical and literary sources, including W. B. Yeats’ early plays, and the work of Flann O’Brien. Experiments with presentations of staging, language, sound, tone, and film are deployed to test how they can uphold moments of drama. Such experiments are carried out after research into the history of manufactured spectacles, such as the origins of the tableau vivant by Emma Hart, mistress of Lord Nelson, or the first staging of Sean O’Casey’s new play The Plough and the Stars. Through use of these gestures in her practice, Siobhán aims to provide insight and explore the subtleties of the relationships that may occur within such moments that reveal the fragility and uncertainty of her character’s affinity with life.

Siobhán Tattan currently lives and works in London. She completed her BA Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design, Ireland, and MA Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London. She then went on to earn her PhD in Fine Art at Middlesex University and was artist in residence at the prestigious De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2008-2010).

She has exhibited widely, including a solo show at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, and selected group shows at (among others): UCLA’s New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin; TULCA Visual Arts Festival, Galway and Future Film: Celluloid, Camden Arts Centre, London. She has received awards from various funding bodies such as the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Irish Arts Council and Culture Ireland.