Noelle Gallagher’s practice is informed by architectural space, her Dissected body of work referencing the atmosphere, fabric and decay of the former medical school at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin. She has a personal connection with the place as she studied Anatomy dissections there when she first left school. Today, its labyrinthine corridors echo with the sounds of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra who rehearse in the building. The hush of the dissection room has been replaced by the noise of drumming, as spaces of scientific enquiry have become places of musical experimentation and freedom. Percussion instruments are littered about the space, and these simple shapes have informed the composition of her paintings.
Noelle’s time at Interface is focussed on the restoration of the Sitka Spruce to native woodland. She intends to to witness the corporate world of forestry, with its straight rows, being
replaced by the fractal landscape of native woodland, to see complex natural habitats develop, and sound filled spaces replace the silence of Euclidean
Her residency spans the year, in four week-long segments, approaching the project through the medium of drawing and then painting, but would ultimately joining forces with cinematographer Colm Hogan to capture a filmic response to the proposed ecological change.
Emerson writes of attaining the spirit of early childhood whilst in the woods: “In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period so ever of life, is always a child.”