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“We are on a perilous margin when we begin to look at our future selves, and see our own figures led with dull consent into insipid misdoing and shabby achievement.” 

-Middlemarch, George Eliot.

“Recently I read Middlemarch for the first time, I loved it.  Unremarkably perhaps, I was struck throughout by the great esteem placed upon making the ‘right’ decisions.  Good choices were made both with and against the mores of a society predicated on patriarchy, religious duty and class.  It is very hard to know what is a good way to be, but in Middlemarch, above all other factors, following one’s heart (if it beat selflessly...) seemed to be the formula for avoiding “insipid misdoing”.

...I often wonder why things (man-made or natural) came to be made or to exist, and more particularly why one has such strong reactions to, and feeling for them.  Frequently I wonder why on earth I want to make yet more things, it is something I am very puzzled by.  I find this desire problematic, conceivably even self-indulgent, yet I will passionately defend it against those whom C. S. Lewis dubbed, men “ of radically servile character (who) will never understand.  (And who) will ask, ‘But what use is it?’”. 

-Isabel Nolan

Reflecting the artist's multifarious practice, this exhibition will include sculpture, painting, drawing and needlework. Nolan's recent work has been described as the perfect marriage of  'an intuitive intellect with a disciplined hand, creating a unique and eclectic body of work'.

This new body of work continues, through such diverse mediums to uncover the hidden energy in things. Nolan's exhibitions present a universe of competing forces  where each element is able to hold its own and make its presence felt. It is an art by any means necessary, with a signature that is constantly changing.

In the short time since her first show at the Kerlin in early 2007, Nolan's work has received international attention with numerous group shows including ones at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Musée d’art Moderne de Saint Etienne, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, De appel Amsterdam, Beijing Art Museum of the Imperial City, Beijing, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery New York, Mediation Biennale, Poznan, Poland, SMART, Amsterdam and Stroom Den Haag. In 2008 Isabel Nolan presented a solo show at ARTSPACE, New Zealand. Previous shows include a solo show at Project Arts Centre (2005), Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2005), Glasgow International 2006 and the Venice Biennale, 2005.

Future exhibitions include solo shows at Musée d’art Moderne de Saint Etienne and Gallery side 2, Tokyo. Nolans work is represented in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Dublin, AIB, The European Investment Bank, Luxemberg and in various international collections, both  public and private.
 

Selected Works

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Something special in remembrance,1881

Isabel Nolan, Something special in remembrance, 1881, 2009, watercolour and waterbased oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 in  

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Isabel Nolan, We are made of light

Isabel Nolan, We are made of light, 2009, balsa, jesmonite, paint, 38 x 47 x 1.5 cm / 15 x 18.5 x .6 in 

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Isabel Nolan, Your silent face,

Isabel Nolan, Your silent face, 2009, balsa, jesmonite, paint 43.5 x 34.5 x 1.3 cm / 17.1 x 13.6 x .5 in 

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Isabel Nolan, A single drop of benevolence

Isabel Nolan, A single drop of benevolence, 2009 balsa, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 47 x 36 x 25 cm / 18.5 x 14.2 x 9.8 in, base 131 x 31 x 31 cm / 51.6 x 12.2 x 12.2 in

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Isabel Nolan, Walk quickly through the gathering dark

Isabel Nolan, Walk quickly through the gathering dark, 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, MDF object 34 x 21 x 21 cm / 13.4 x 8.3 x 8.3 in, base 70 x 42 x 35 cm / 27.6 x 16.5 x 13.8 in   

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Isabel Nolan  In a space, intimately unrelated

Isabel Nolan, In a space, intimately unrelated,  2009, metal, plaster bandage, cotton, silk-blend, toughened glass, MDF object 26 x 30 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 in, base 91 x 50 x 40 cm / 35.8 x 19.7 x 15.7 in

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Isabel Nolan, Sad time 1862

Isabel Nolan, Sad time,1862, 2009, watercolour and waterbased oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 in 

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Isabel Nolan  Sad time

Isabel Nolan, Sad time, 1439, 2009, watercolour and waterbased oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 in 

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Isabel Nolan  A terrible aching for silence

Isabel Nolan, A terrible aching for silence, 2009, metal, plaster bandage, jesmonite, silk, pain, MDF object 27 x 37 x 29 cm / 10.6 x 14.6 x 11.4 in, base 90 x 42 x 35 cm / 35.4 x 16.5 x 13.8 in
 

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Isabel Nolan  Dynamic interdependent unity

Isabel Nolan, Dynamic interdependent unity, 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 25 x 30 x 25 cm / 9.8 x 11.8 x 9.8 in, base 51 x 55 x 45 cm / 20.1 x 21.7 x 17.7 in
 

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Isabel Nolan  Uplift

Isabel Nolan, Uplift, 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 50 x 16 x 16 cm / 19.7 x 6.3 x 6.3 in, base 31 x 40 x 30 cm / 12.2 x 15.7 x 11.8 in
 

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Isabel Nolan  A fanaticism of sympathy

Isabel Nolan, A fanaticism of sympathy, 2009, metal, plaster bandage, mixed fabrics, thread, paint, MDF object 28 x 40 x 17 cm / 11 x 15.7 x 6.7 in, base 90 x 60 x 12 cm / 35.4 x 23.6 x 4.7 in
 

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Isabel Nolan  Margination

Isabel Nolan, Margination 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, balsa, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 37 x 25 x 16 cm / 14.6 x 9.8 x 6.3 in, base 81 x 40 x 35 cm / 31.9 x 15.7 x 13.8 in
 

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Isabel Nolan  A better life.

Isabel Nolan, A better life, 2009, balsa, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 45 x 35 x 50 cm / 17.7 x 13.8 x 19.7 in, base 75 x 40 x 60 cm / 29.5 x 15.7 x 23.6 in
 

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Isabel Nolan, The outward urge

Isabel Nolan,The outward urge, 2009, balsa, jesmonite, paint, MDF object 43 x 46 x 45 cm / 16.9 x 18.1 x 17.7 in base 70 x 42 x 32 cm / 27.6 x 16.5 x 12.6 in

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Something special in remembrance,1881

Isabel Nolan, Something special in remembrance, 1881, 2009, watercolour and waterbased oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 in  

Isabel Nolan, We are made of light

Isabel Nolan, We are made of light, 2009, balsa, jesmonite, paint, 38 x 47 x 1.5 cm / 15 x 18.5 x .6 in 

Isabel Nolan, Your silent face,

Isabel Nolan, Your silent face, 2009, balsa, jesmonite, paint 43.5 x 34.5 x 1.3 cm / 17.1 x 13.6 x .5 in 

Isabel Nolan, A single drop of benevolence

Isabel Nolan, A single drop of benevolence, 2009 balsa, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 47 x 36 x 25 cm / 18.5 x 14.2 x 9.8 in, base 131 x 31 x 31 cm / 51.6 x 12.2 x 12.2 in

Isabel Nolan, Walk quickly through the gathering dark

Isabel Nolan, Walk quickly through the gathering dark, 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, MDF object 34 x 21 x 21 cm / 13.4 x 8.3 x 8.3 in, base 70 x 42 x 35 cm / 27.6 x 16.5 x 13.8 in   

Isabel Nolan  In a space, intimately unrelated

Isabel Nolan, In a space, intimately unrelated,  2009, metal, plaster bandage, cotton, silk-blend, toughened glass, MDF object 26 x 30 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 in, base 91 x 50 x 40 cm / 35.8 x 19.7 x 15.7 in

Isabel Nolan, Sad time 1862

Isabel Nolan, Sad time,1862, 2009, watercolour and waterbased oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 in 

Isabel Nolan  Sad time

Isabel Nolan, Sad time, 1439, 2009, watercolour and waterbased oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 in 

Isabel Nolan  A terrible aching for silence

Isabel Nolan, A terrible aching for silence, 2009, metal, plaster bandage, jesmonite, silk, pain, MDF object 27 x 37 x 29 cm / 10.6 x 14.6 x 11.4 in, base 90 x 42 x 35 cm / 35.4 x 16.5 x 13.8 in
 

Isabel Nolan  Dynamic interdependent unity

Isabel Nolan, Dynamic interdependent unity, 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 25 x 30 x 25 cm / 9.8 x 11.8 x 9.8 in, base 51 x 55 x 45 cm / 20.1 x 21.7 x 17.7 in
 

Isabel Nolan  Uplift

Isabel Nolan, Uplift, 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 50 x 16 x 16 cm / 19.7 x 6.3 x 6.3 in, base 31 x 40 x 30 cm / 12.2 x 15.7 x 11.8 in
 

Isabel Nolan  A fanaticism of sympathy

Isabel Nolan, A fanaticism of sympathy, 2009, metal, plaster bandage, mixed fabrics, thread, paint, MDF object 28 x 40 x 17 cm / 11 x 15.7 x 6.7 in, base 90 x 60 x 12 cm / 35.4 x 23.6 x 4.7 in
 

Isabel Nolan  Margination

Isabel Nolan, Margination 2009, polystyrene, plaster bandage, balsa, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 37 x 25 x 16 cm / 14.6 x 9.8 x 6.3 in, base 81 x 40 x 35 cm / 31.9 x 15.7 x 13.8 in
 

Isabel Nolan  A better life.

Isabel Nolan, A better life, 2009, balsa, plaster bandage, jesmonite, paint, toughened glass, MDF object 45 x 35 x 50 cm / 17.7 x 13.8 x 19.7 in, base 75 x 40 x 60 cm / 29.5 x 15.7 x 23.6 in
 

Isabel Nolan, The outward urge

Isabel Nolan,The outward urge, 2009, balsa, jesmonite, paint, MDF object 43 x 46 x 45 cm / 16.9 x 18.1 x 17.7 in base 70 x 42 x 32 cm / 27.6 x 16.5 x 12.6 in

Installation Views

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009

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Isabel Nolan, on a perilous margin, Kerlin Gallery, 27 November - 23 December 2009