SPLIT - Breathing Offline

Abstract: from a Latin word meaning "pulled away, detached," SPLIT- 13 Minutes twelve seconds is detached from physical, or concrete, reality. The intention is that it does not pictorially represent reality.
Experimental video work concerned with breathing, containment and boundaries – highly relevant to today’s post-pandemic world.
Traversing from college studio space to home where my kitchen, bedroom and bathroom became my studio.
An original god-shot video piece of me holding my breath underwater in my bathtub. Using editing of visuals, audio, filming techniques, and even the mode of presentation. To channel emotions between dreams and reality. Researching awareness and behaviour through inquiry.

  • Ann-Marie Kirwan
  • Ann-Marie Kirwan
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  • Ann-Marie Kirwan
  • Ann-Marie Kirwan
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    13 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 9, 2021
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    Phone Galaxy J6 doodle
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    Black & White and Color
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    Yes - National College of Art and Design
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions By Lift-Off Global Network Lift-Off Global Network Limited Pinewood Studios, England SL0 0NH

Director Biography - Ann-Marie Kirwan

Ann-Marie Kirwan is a Kilkenny-based artist. Graduated NCAD MFA 2021. She began her artistic College training at the age of forty-eight in Ormonde College Kilkenny competing and receiving Distinctions in Fine Art.
Kirwan graduated with an honours BA in Visual Art at Waterford
Institute of Technology in 2019.
With this background, Ann-Marie’s work is inspired by the association between visual art and touchable sculptures. Arte povera was a radical art movement from the late 1960s to the 1970s whose artists explored a range of unconventional processes and non-traditional everyday materials. Working with found objects, wax, latex, and mixed media as an alternate means of conveying and exploring the relationship between material language, emotional memory, touch, and smell. Observing the viewer’s connection with the artwork.

She participated in the Waterford Institute of Technology 4th Year Art & Design Degree show in May 2019 and received the National Sculpture Factory/Waterford Institute of Technology 4th Year Degree Show Award.

Kirwan’s transition from Sculpture to Video during #Lockdown pushes the limits of the human body’s ability to endurance. Holding her breath underwater. The sole emphasis is on Breathing, something we all have in common and a requirement for our very existence.

NCAD MFA Show 2020 We are Solitary 20-27 November 2020. Organized by National College of Art & Design, MFA Fine Art program, and Rua Red.

2020 Visual artists Ireland Show & Tell.

2020 24/7 National Sculpture Factory’s new digital online artists platforms.

2019 Waterford Institute of Technology. First View Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford. 24-26th January 2019.

Live Solo performance piece. GOMA Waterford May 2017.
2017 Participant in an Exhibition of works created through an intergenerational art project. Culture Club, Red Square in affiliation With Butler Gallery Projects. Kilkenny Arts Festival. August 2017.
2017 Culture Night Ambassador. The Way Things Go. Butler Gallery Muniments Room, Kilkenny Castle. September 2017.
2016/2015 End of year Exhibition Ormonde College, Kilkenny.

SPLIT: inspired by the air we breathe, the environment, and pollution. Breathing is something we all have in common. How our world is changing during the lockdown and its effects on all walks of life. The fact that topic of Breathing, Machines, Respirators, and social distancing became the daily topic of conversation everywhere.

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Director Statement

Extending the vision of a body into an unforgiving shape, wrapped into a power struggle I cannot overcome — Formatted around the activity that our senses — in this action, the understanding of sight, and sound. Where the viewer becomes the optical instrument. The experience of various retinal effects and sounds of slow breathing fill the location.