Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Rian Kerrane
#98: Rian Kerrane
Rian Kerrane, "House Home Iron Performance," casting iron to ignite wood and corn houses at the Third Western Cast Iron Art Conference, Hayes, Kansas.
Galway girl Rian Kerrane came to Colorado in 2002 to teach sculpture at the University of Colorado Denver, but her installations in mixed media and cast iron have an international reach, from the galleries of RedLine and Edge to others in her home country of Ireland. Perfectly comfortable in heavy leathers, helmet and a protective mask, Kerrane has also brought the iron-pour experience to the metro area through CU Denver -- the transformative spectacle of fire and molten metal yielding art. And Kerrane's finished work, stark with human symbology, is like a visceral glint made by the magic of metal-casting. Read on for her answers to the 100CC questionnaire.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Group shoot from last year's Performing Iron II (Iron Art Festival III) with guest artist Matt Toole, friends, CU Denver students and faculty on the Auraria Campus.
I'd love to know Gráinne O'Malley, the Irish pirate queen. She was a remarkable leader from the west coast of Ireland and one of my mother's heroines from Irish history.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Deirdre O'Mahony, an Irish who recently participated in Hybrid, at RedLine. Her research while in Colorado involved meeting with local ranchers. Her role as an artist is to facilitate communication, and in doing so her art practice becomes social practice. Deirdre is based in County Clare, Ireland, and her art draws attention to farming practices, environmental issues, the landscape, etc. Her works amazes me with powerful results and its reflection and activism on current issues. I love to witness the power of art making.
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