about the art
The images Callanan creates are real and direct extracts from the everyday world. The places we inhabit on a daily basis can often be overlooked. By wandering through a space and observing these everyday details, she considers what may otherwise be seen as boring or mundane as worth capturing. Through the simple act of walking she engages with the urban environment using a psychogeographical approach. Her methodologies can be linked to that of The Situationists and their idea of a dérive (French word meaning ‘drift’) where one takes an unplanned journey through a landscape while being subconsciously guided by the surroundings with the aim of encountering a new experience.
By selecting and photographing fragments of her surroundings, Callanan explores the everyday as a space of attention. The main objective being to rediscover the very act of looking.
Untitled - Quay Co-Op restaurant, Cork, Ireland - Solo
LSAD Graduate Show - LSAD, Limerick, Ireland – Group
Sketchbook Exhibition - The Loft, Limerick, Ireland - Group
Dual Exhibition - Glasgow School of Art, Scotland – Group
Prīmitus - The Sailor’s Home, Limerick, Ireland – Group
Seven by Five - Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland – Group
Photography Festival - LSAD, Limerick, Ireland – Group
First Picture Show - Flannery's Bar, Limerick, Ireland - Group
Wotisart? Magazine, Issue 5 (August), UK
Average Art Magazine, Issue 13 (August), UK
about the artist
Síomha Callanan (born 1993) is a visual artist – photographer currently living and working in
her home County of Cork, Ireland. Having studied for four years in the Limerick School of Art
and Design, she graduated in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography and Lens Based
Media. Throughout her college years she participated in numerous art exhibitions and
Primarily working with analogue cameras, her medium of preference is 35mm colour film.
She is continually exploring her surroundings, creating new work to add to her ever-growing
archive of images.
In September 2017 Callanan had her first solo exhibition in the Quay Co-Op restaurant, Cork.
Her work has previously been published in UK based magazines – Wotisart and Average Art.
As a new member of Sample-Studios, she hopes to use this space to further develop her