Gwen Wilkinson

kaleidoscope I

Kaleidoscope I (collodion ferrotype montage, 2015)

Deception II (110 x 110cm, archival pigment print)


Amorphous II (80 x 80cm, archival pigment print)



As a visual artist I am repeatedly drawn to the medium of photography. Its ability to incite memory, convey a narrative, reveal details which the human eye either over looks or simply does not see, I find exciting, challenging and rewarding.

Central to my practice is an exploration of the intersection between nature and artifice, metamorphosis and decay, fiction and reality. Through a range of landscape and still-life photographic studies I try to convey a sense of enigma and the unexpected.

Elements that feature in my work include – taxidermy, bones, seeds, dried leaves and flowers. Other components include man-made objects such as wire, string and architectural structures. These motifs appear in ways that suggest transition and temporality.

I work with a variety of photographic techniques ranging from historic analogue methods such as wet plate collodion, albumen and cyanotype printing to cameraless digital composites. Each process has a unique character and requires a different set of skills and level of interaction. The process and materials are integral to the works expression.


Gwen received a BA in History & Legal Science at University College Galway in 1993 before developing a professional interest in photography and returning to college to study for an MFA in Fine Art (Media) at NCAD from 2011 to 2013.

Solo exhibitions include Edifice, The Norman Gallery, Wexford (2011); and Platform 059, Éigse Carlow Arts Festival (2007).

Recent group shows include the RDS Student Art Awards Exhibition, Luan Gallery, Athlone and RDS, Dublin; Kilkenny Arts Festival Exhibition, Jonathan Swift Gallery, Kilkenny (2013); Chasing Shadows III, Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin; Nine Stones Artists, Éigse Carlow Arts Festival; OAK, Killenure Castle, Tipperary; Chasing Shadows II, Profile Gallery, Saltburn-on-Sea, England (2012); and Chasing Shadows, Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin (2011).

In 2013 Wilkinson was shortlisted for Fire’s Propeller Award and in 2011 she received the Golden Fleece Award.Her work is represented in several State art collections including the Office of Public Works and the Department of Foreign Affairs. She lives and works in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in South Carlow.