Artist

Dorothy
Cross

Born in Cork, Ireland, in 1956, Dorothy Cross’ work ranges from object to opera: working with sculpture, photography and video. The themes of her work have dealt with memory and inheritance, sexuality and desire, and the position of the human in nature. Her work came to mainstream public attention with her solo show Ebb at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin in 1988. This was followed by several major shows: Powerhouse at the ICA Philadelphia (1991) and Even, at Arnolfini, Bristol, England (1996). These shows were made up of large sculptures that often contained found objects both from her family and from studios such as the Pigeonhouse power station in Dublin Bay where she worked for four years in the early 1990s.

She represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the Istanbul Biennial in 1997 with her Udder series. Her best known public work is Ghost Ship, where she painted a de- commissioned lightship with phosphorous paint and moored it in Dublin Bay, where it glowed at night for several weeks in the winter of 1999. In 2013 An Post released a stamp celebrating the Ghost Ship. In 2005 a major retrospective of her work was held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Dorothy now lives on the coast of north Galway. She is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Frith Street Gallery, London.

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Darkness & Light, 2017
Darkness & Light, 2017
Luminescent print on Waterford 640 gsm paper
74.8 x 54.8cm
Darkness & Light (glowing)
Darkness & Light (glowing)
Luminescent print on Waterford 640 gsm paper
74.8 x 54.8cm
Ghost Ship (i), 2011
Ghost Ship (i), 2011
The image absorbs light during the day and releases it slowly as a phospherescent glow during the night.
Luminescent etching, plate: 37 x 45cm, sheet: 47.5 x 55cm, Paper: Somerset Satin, Edition of 75
Ghost Ship (ii), 2011
Ghost Ship (ii), 2011
The image absorbs light during the day and releases it slowly as a phospherescent glow during the night.
Luminescent etching, plate: 37 x 45cm, sheet: 47.5 x 55cm, Paper: Somerset Satin, Edition of 75
Tear, 2009
Tear, 2009
Boxed set of five intaglio prints and introductory sheet with text by the artist
Sheets: 76.5 x 58cm, Edition of 40, Printed on 270gsm Moulin du Gué paper.
Tear (i), 2009
Tear (i), 2009
Printed on 270gsm Moulin du Gué paper
Tear (ii), 2009
Tear (ii), 2009
Tear (iii), 2009
Tear (iii), 2009
Printed on 270gsm Moulin du Gué paper
Tear (iv), 2009
Tear (iv), 2009
Printed on 270gsm Moulin du Gué paper.
Tear (v), 2009
Tear (v), 2009
Printed on 270gsm Moulin du Gué paper.
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