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Amanda Coogan

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Amanda Coogan is an internationally recognised and critically acclaimed artist working across the medias of live art, performance, sculpture and installation. The Irish Times said, 'Coogan, whose work usually entails ritual, endurance and cultural iconography, is the leading practitioner of performance in the country'. Her extraordinary work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. Using gesture and context she makes allegorical and poetic works that are multi-faceted, and challenge expected contexts. She is one of the most dynamic contemporary artists practising in live art.’ The body, as a site of resistance, is the centrality of Coogan's work. She encompass a multitude of media, objects, text, moving and still image all circulating around her live performances. Her expertise lies in her ability to condense an idea to its very essence and communicate it through her body. Time is a key material in Coogan's practice, building controlled instability into the fabric of her work. The long durational aspect of her live presentations invites elements of chaos with the unknown and unpredicted erupting dynamically through her live artworks.
Supported by Kildare County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland.
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