Doireann Gillan

Danger I Embrace You (2023)

Spikes protrude. Bulbous forms bobble. Danger hovers menacingly. This is the work of Irish artist Doireann Gillan, whose practice draws upon the pervasive presence of tension in contemporary life and examines themes of rage and restraint. Much of Gillan’s work exists in a state of extremely structured tension, prompting us to wonder what might happen if a piece were to unfurl, snap or collapse. Her work invites the audience to consider risk as an unassailable social condition that requires ongoing negotiation and reassessment.