b. 1956, Cork, Ireland.
Working in sculpture, film and photography, Dorothy Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. A sense of place pervades her practice. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s wild west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old. This flux emerges as strange and unexpected encounters. Many of Cross’ works incorporate items found on the shore, including boats and animal skins, while others reflect on the environment. During the 90s, the artist produced a series of works using cow udders, which drew on the animals' rich store of symbolic associations across cultures to investigate the construction of sexuality and subjectivity. She has worked on several large-scale public projects, most memorably the award-winning Ghost Ship (1998). In recent years, her practice has focused on nature and the ocean, working with maligned animals such as jellyfish and shark, and exploring rarely accessible areas like sea caves or shell grottos.
Forthcoming solo exhibitions include New Art Centre, Salisbury, Summer 2017. Current and forthcoming group exhibitions include Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Des Moines Art Centre, Iowa (11 February – 5 May 2017) and New Art Gallery, Walsall (Autumn 2017). Recent shows include Mystics and Rationalists and It's Me to the World, both 2016 and both at Modern Art Oxford, UK; Connemara, Turner Contemporary, UK (2013), touring to Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2014); Eye of Shark, a new site-specific commission at Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford (2014) and Trove at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where the artist selected works from the National Collections of Ireland.
Past solo exhibitions include Bloomberg Space, London (2009) and McMullen Museum Boston College USA (2005). The artist has also participated in Venice Biennale (1993), Istanbul Biennial (1997) and Liverpool Biennial (1998). She took part in the ground-breaking 1994 exhibition Bad Girls at the ICA London and CCA, Glasgow. Her opera works include Chiasm (1999); Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (2004); and Riders to the Sea (2008). Cross is included in the collections of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Norton Collection, Santa Monica; Art Pace Foundation, Texas; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Goldman Sachs Collection, London; The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; and Tate Modern, London, among others.