Dominic Thorpe works primarily through performance art, and also drawing, video, photography, installation, contextual, collaborative and relational based processes. He has shown and performed widely including at the Bangkok Cultural Centre, Performance Space London, Galway Arts Centre, Irish Museum of Modern Art and SASA Gallery Adelaide. He has completed several residencies,including at Nordic Arts Centre, Fire Station Artist Studios Dublin, and was the first artist in resident in humanities at University College Dublin. Thorpe has frequently engaged with inclusion and education based projects. He has work in a number of public collections in Ireland, including the collection of the Arts Council of Ireland. His work often addresses current and historical human rights violations and he completed a PhD at Ulster University in 2022 exploring how perpetrator trauma is addressed within performance art practices from Ireland.
Dominic Thorpe. Ingress. FIX performance art biennial Belfast 2019. Photograph taken by Jordan Hutchings.
Residency 2022, ongoing work in progress
Perched in the attic of the original 330year old Milford House I look out and see
the forest of ancient trees surrounding the house. I am drawn to the 250-year-old
beech trees weighed down by 100,000’s of spiky beech mast. A day spent
collecting hundreds of beech nuts led to hours of painstaking hand painting,
which finally lead to the creation of spherical sculptural object encrusted in beech
nuts. It was wonderful to watch as the beech nuts went through a process of
transformation from the hard, spiky almond shapes, which slowly opened up like
flower petals to reveal the oily seeds that they had been protecting.
The quiet and supportive space of Milford House allows me to further explore
notions of the traumatized female medical body. In particular I have been
researching about the use of nylon and plastic man-made medical devices, which
are regularly inserted into female bodies. Part of this process led me to create a
life-size mesh made of plastic flagging tape (used to identify exterior boundaries
and dangerous areas).
Although I am drawn to the scale and fecundity of my surroundings it is the
interior formal spaces in Milford house that have resonated with me to date. The
majesty and idiosyncratic character of both the vivid red living room/ library and
the pale blue music room have become a fertile space of exploration for me.
with Kiro Gad & Vittorio Messina
We believe that art is an evocation of a fragment of life. The reality of life is indeed complex and can be faithfully conveyed by the coexistence of various means of expression. Over the past year, we have shared our individual researches, which have seemed complementary to each other and have allowed us to grow our views on life and art.
Kiro, as an artist and beatboxer, reflects on the importance of the voice and the subtraction of the person in a performance, leaving more space for the sound dimension than the visual one. He works on the gaze, understanding it as a tool to reach the most unexplored and invisible areas of being, avoiding the prejudice linked to the visual dimension. He intends the gaze as a blade, in his practice the gaze is a tool to move internal chaos. He studies what rhythm is in relation to time, voice and its vibrations.
Vittorio as an artist, dancer and musician is developing his own daily practice based on repetition and listening. Repetition is always different, it is a way to go deep into sensations and movements, it is a concrete tool to analyse something immaterial and to untie our inner knots. Music and dance are means that allow us to build a continuity between us and everything else. He wants to achieve the feeling of being part of a unique nature, to conquer the continuity between inside and outside.
Simona is a visual artist. She is interested in architecture as a manifestation of life. Any architecture is alive if it works as a flexible and permeable boundary that allows the relationship between its interior and exterior. Lately, she has been making small wooden houses working on their atmosphere and context. These places are places of observation to study the invisible and silent relationships between man, objects, architecture and the surrounding environment that appear to her in their magical and immaterial nature.
During the residence period in Live Art Ireland the three artists will work together on the same project, continuing to explore the direction of their respective research