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 (2 December 2017 – 28 January 2018). Current group exhibitions include Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Akron Museum of Art, Ohio (7 October 2017 – 21 January 2018); Coast-Lines, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (13 October 2017 – 30 September 2018); JMW Turner and contemporary art practice, New Art Gallery, Walsall (21 September 2017 – 14 January 2018).
Solo exhibitions include Connemara, Turner Contemporary, UK (2013), touring to Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2014); Eye of Shark, Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford (2014); Bloomberg Space, London (2009); Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art (2005); Douglas Hyde Gallery (2002, 1993 & 1988); Camden Arts Centre (1993); ICA Philadelphia (1991). 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.