Day by day, year by year, season by season, our planet experiences ongoing concussions of military conflicts.
My work is driven by a desire to tackle political and social issues. My project is a story about humanity, boundaries, war, and the refugee crisis. I am happy to have an opportunity to make a positive social impact through my work.
Through the medium of oil painting, collage and installation, I attempt to communicate a sense of the world I inhabit that is both tangible and emotional. Exploring history, identity, and migration, I create abstract scenes where realism meets the uncanny, and the familiar broaches the imaginary. Every vibrant, dream-like image appears as a confusion of fact and fiction, real and unreal, known and unknown.
Irina Mc Auley