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Theresa Nanigian
updated: 04/25/2010
website: www.theresananigian.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Case Study
Case Study (Detail 1)
Case Study (Detail 2)
Share of Attention (Sector Snapshot series)
Vital Statistics (Sector Snapshot series)
How to illuminate the soul? (Detail 1)
How to illuminate the soul? (Detail 2)
Girl in Mall (Sorcha)
What is... portrait series
Knocksink 1
Barley Field
Crone Wood
I Will Be A Phenomenon
I Will Be A Phenomenon (Full Detail)
Time Value Analysis
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, information, process, site-specific, text, landscape, identity, consumer culture, language, portraiture
 
 
Case Study by Theresa Nanigian
Case Study
Drawing installation: permanent ink marker, black ceramic tiles
2008
472" x  630" 
Case Study (Detail 1) by Theresa Nanigian
Case Study (Detail 1)
Drawing installation: permanent ink marker, black ceramic tiles
2008
472" x  630" 
Case Study (Detail 2) by Theresa Nanigian
Case Study (Detail 2)
Drawing installation: permanent ink marker, black ceramic tiles
2008
472" x  630" 
Share of Attention (Sector Snapshot series) by Theresa Nanigian
Share of Attention (Sector Snapshot series)
Drawing on paper
2008
14" x  17" 
Vital Statistics (Sector Snapshot series) by Theresa Nanigian
Vital Statistics (Sector Snapshot series)
Drawing on paper
2008
14" x  17" 
How to illuminate the soul? (Detail 1) by Theresa Nanigian
How to illuminate the soul? (Detail 1)
Wall Drawing: Permanent marker
2006
0" x  1654" 
How to illuminate the soul? (Detail 2) by Theresa Nanigian
How to illuminate the soul? (Detail 2)
Wall Drawing: Permanent marker
2006
0" x  1654" 
Girl in Mall (Sorcha) by Theresa Nanigian
Girl in Mall (Sorcha)
Digital drawing, lambda print
2006
24" x  24" 
What is... portrait series by Theresa Nanigian
What is... portrait series
Digital drawings, lambda prints
2006
24" x  24" 
Knocksink 1 by Theresa Nanigian
Knocksink 1
Lambda print, diamond mounted
2009
48" x  65" 
Barley Field by Theresa Nanigian
Barley Field
Lambda print, diamond mounted
2009
48" x  48" 
Crone Wood by Theresa Nanigian
Crone Wood
Lambda print, diamond mounted
2009
48" x  48" 
I Will Be A Phenomenon by Theresa Nanigian
I Will Be A Phenomenon
Poster
2008
24" x  17" 
I Will Be A Phenomenon (Full Detail) by Theresa Nanigian
I Will Be A Phenomenon (Full Detail)
Poster
2008
24" x  17" 
Time Value Analysis by Theresa Nanigian
Time Value Analysis
Mixed Media Installation incl. video
2005
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

Theresa Nanigian’s practice involves creating portraits of contemporary Western life, be it a profile of a single individual, a catastrophic event such as 9/11 or an entire country at a particular point in time.  These representations often borrow the analytical systems, tools and aesthetics of other disciplines such as philosophy, economics and logic.  For example, an ongoing body of work branded the Situation Assessment™ series considers every day worries such as time constraints, over consumption, social status and spiraling debt.  These overarching concerns are put under the microscope and subjected to a variety of touted modern remedies such as self-help programmes, list making and exhaustive data collection.  As such, the methods used to solve the problems are both exploited for their curative benefits and subverted to expose their shortcomings and our overdependence on them.

Toward that end, Nanigian’s research takes many forms, such as orchestrating collective discussions and in-depth interviews, reviewing research studies by social anthropologists, university professors and government bodies, mining factoids from statistical studies, census reports and quantitative databases, interviewing so-called experts and enrolling in societies to partake in collated surveys and discussion groups.  Such methodologies provide a vast and varied universe of data and information from which to pursue new lines of inquiry, draw unlikely relationships and ask unexpected questions.

The theme of portraiture has also spilled over into other areas of interest including storytelling, the critique of systems of power (e.g., institutions, league tables, census data), narrative photography and relational/dialogical aesthetics.  In terms of media, Nanigian’s practice is comprised of drawing, installation, moving image, text, and more recently, photography and artist books.

 

Artist Bio / CV

FINE ART

Solo Exhibitions

West Cork Arts Centre (Ireland) 2009

Mermaid Arts Centre (Ireland) 2009

I Will Be A Phenomenon (mailing), FLOOD Dublin (Ireland) 2008

Void Art Centre (N. Ireland) 2006

Butler Gallery (Ireland) 2005/2006

Dun Laoghaire County Council Concourse (Ireland) 2005

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Eigse Open, Carlow Arts Festival, Carlow IT, (Ireland) 2008

Art in the Life World, Breaking Ground, Old Swimming Pool, Ballymun (Ireland) 2008

Is Mise Ireland, Shanghai & Beijing 2008

Tulca 06, Fairgreen Gallery (Ireland) 2006

EASTinternational 2006 (England) 2006

Damaged Collateral, Context Galleries (N. Ireland) 2005

Claremorris Open Exhibition 2005 (Ireland)

live, Interim Projekte (Germany) 2005

The Happiest Country in the World, Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France) and Oiraechtas na Gaeilge (Ireland) 2005

Women, Words & Images, STAC (NY) 2005

Full Circle, TBG&S (Ireland) 2004

Enso, Tulca Festival (Ireland) 2004

Crawford Open 5 (Ireland) 2004

ev+a 2003, Bourn Vincent Gallery (Ireland) 2003

 

Commissions/Grants/Awards

Unit, commission by Laois County Council, 2008 – 2009

FLOOD commission, Dublin, 2008

Arts Council Bursary award, Dublin, 2008

Percent for Arts Programme, commission by Wicklow County Council, 2007 – 2009

Arts Council Travel & Training award, Dublin, 2007

Arts Council Bursary award, Dublin, 2007

Visual Arts Programme, commission by Dun Laoghaire County Council, 2005    

Media/Fine Art Award, Image Now, Dublin, 2002

 

Education

MFA, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, June 2004

BA, Fine Art, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, November 2002

SVA, New York, completed 1st year before transferring to DIT

 

BUSINESS

SVP, American Express, NY, 1996-97

VP, American Express, NY, 1993-96

Director, SmithKline Beecham, PA, 1992-93

Independent Consultant, Dublin, 1990-91

Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, NY 1986-90

MBA, Columbia University, NY, May 1986