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Lorraine Neeson works primarily with lens based media, light, sound, video installation and architectural intervention, to create phantasmagoric environments that disrupt and disorient a conventional sense of spatial and temporal logic. Underpinning her practice is the exploration of themes such as the uncanny in architecture, visibility and invisibility and the literal, metaphorical and paradoxical treatment of light and darkness. The function of light is subverted, as it both illuminates and obliterates, entices and entraps or hovers on the threshold of visibility and invisibility. A fundamental theme is the simultaneous representation of conflicting states of revelation and obliteration. Strategies of inversion and reversal and the implementation of dislocating devices are employed, to invoke intrigue within environments where visual and aural interruptions are manifested as shifting shadows, as light and sound from unexpected sources and as implied thresholds and portals that simultaneously entice and impede. Neeson’s exploration points to ideas surrounding presence and haunting in contemporary electronic media and to the role optical technologies played in figuring the invisible and the impalpable, pointing to realms beyond and optically perceptible and in doing so, instigating a mistrust of vision or skepticism relating to visual perceptoion and the reliability of sight.
MFA Fine Art Media, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London 2005
BA Fine Art, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork 2002
Diploma Fine Art, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork 2001