Dorothy Cross

Born 1956
Hometown Cork, Ireland
Lives and Works Connemara, Ireland
MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, California, 1977
BA, Leicester Polytechnic, England
Crawford Municipal School of Art, Cork, 1974

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Norton Collection, Santa Monica

Art Pace Foundation, Texas

Ulster Museum, Belfast

Goldman Sachs Collection, London

The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin

Tate Modern, London, among others

Fifth Street Gallery, London, UK

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Irish artist Dorothy Cross uses a variety of media including sculpture, photography, video, and installation to explore the relationship between living beings and the natural environment. Living on the wild west coast of Ireland, Cross collects materials and inspiration from the shoreline, sometimes incorporating found items like boats and animal skins into her works. Her assemblages, which may incorporate materials such as cow skins and cow udders, often straddle the boarder between disturbing and humorous, erotic and poetic.

Cross presented a major commission along with other works in her solo exhibition Connemara at Turner Contemporary, UK in 2013, which then toured to Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. Also in 2014, Cross presented Trove at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, which included works the artist selected from the National Collections of Ireland. Other solo shows include Bloomberg Space in London, and McMullen Museum Boston College. Cross participated in the Venice Biennale (1993), Istanbul Biennial (1997) and Liverpool Biennial (1998).

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