Ordered Complexities 3, 2013, monotype on paper, 46cm x 46cm
‘…drawing is not a window onto the world, but a device for understanding our place in the universe’ (Painting and the Graphic Arts, Walter Benjamin, 1917). It is precisely in this way that Joanna Kidney’s art proceeds. Her methodologies demonstrate a contemporary experimental approach to drawing, using a diverse range of materials and methods in an exploration of drawing as a medium, but always doing so in relation to thinking through our existence within a scene – our interrelationship with the physical world around us, the connectivity between all things and matter – as we might imagine exists between the tiniest cells in the human body to the electrons and neutrons making up the farthest of stars.
Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.