Monica Boyle (b.1962, Scotland/Ireland)
Scotland-born Ireland-based artist Monica Boyle was able to pursue her interest in painting when Dublin Institute of Technology initiated a Visual Arts Degree programme on the remote Sherkin Island in 2002. This was the perfect location to explore her interest in West Cork’s island communities. All of her work in this exhibition focuses on the neighbouring island, Heir.
In this series of work I have incorporated photographic images within the painted surface. On a literal and physical level they depict the interior of Heir Island - its paths, roads, inlets and, most of all, its houses. On an emotional level the paintings convey something of my deepening relationship with the island and the people who live there.