Emerging multimedia performance installation artist Sinéad Keogh has been announced as the overall winner of the 2020 Solstice Visual Arts Award as the ninth annual SURVEYOR exhibition opens online. The winning pieces are video works, titled Transcendental, Dracula (Love never dies), and In the Hours of Darkness.
Speaking on Sinead's work, curator Catherine Marshall said "It was a thrill to discover the video works of Sinead Keogh, this year's winner of the overall prize for outstanding artwork. Sinead Keogh's work delves deep beneath the familiar surfaces of our lives, making us re-connect with subliminal fears and darker forces, the very things that modern science and technology should have removed from our collective psyche but have never quite managed to do. In Dracula, Keogh reminds us of things beyond our control as the Covid 19 virus spreads invisibly around us, just like the cholera epidemic that was one of the sources for Bram Stoker's Dracula over a century ago. And Keogh does this with a maturity and attention to detail that makes the work utterly convincing, even as our rational minds question it. Add to that a wickedly clever sense of humour and a thorough knowledge of gothic cinema and art, and the cocktail is formidable."
Sinéad Keogh is a multimedia performance installation artist with a MA in Fine Art from NCAD (National College of Art and Design) in Dublin. Through the use of synesthetic installation, Keogh balances ideologies of intensification of the senses leading to immersive and often emotional experiences communicated through dance, character performance and synched video to sound.
Dracula (Love never dies), 2016
In the Hours of Darkness, 2018Sinéad Keogh
Transcendental, 2015Sinéad Keogh
Sinéad Keogh & Catherine Marshall