Cottages of Quigley's Point makes use of photographed interventions in abandoned houses to question romantic readings of the rural Irish cottage. Rather than viewing them as artefacts with nostalgic associations, the redundant nature of these abandoned houses allows the freedom for active engagement and the creation of personal record of explorations made in my locality. The addition of bright colours and movement to these empty interiors is intended to situate the subject matter in the present as encountered and to emphasize my presence in that time and place. As such, the process of intervention subverts a wistful reading of a disappearing way of life, and provides the opportunity to take a fresh and playful approach to familiar subject matter.
Jill Quigley was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1981, and currently lives in Belfast. In 2014 she completed an MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster, having previously studied Art History at Trinity College Dublin. She has received a General Art Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, an Outstanding Student Award from the Royal Ulster Academy of the Arts and the student prize at ESPY Photography Awards in Wales. Recently she has participated in group exhibitions at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork, Format Festival in Derby, Belfast Photo Festival, The Photographers' Gallery in London and Stills in Edinburgh, and has held solo exhibitions at Belfast Exposed and at Seen Fifteen in London.
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