Maria Mollohan: Not a degree show

Maria Mollohan is a mature student and was studying printmaking on the 4th year of a degree course in Contemporary Art at GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media when lockdown happened, leaving her without access to the equipment that she needed to create her work.

"During my career I have created using oils, photography, fabric, 3D craft, automata and pottery. However, last year in an enlightened moment while climbing Croagh Patrick, I chose to do printmaking and joined the 4th year Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Contemporary Art course at GMIT. A creative spirituality was reborn, and I found a new passion in etching because I like crafting 3D out of 2D. I also began to develop my practice into hybrid printmaking techniques.

However, as we were in the process of creating our degree show, the pandemic struck and I no longer had access to my studio, or the acids and equipment necessary to produce my work. Despite this, I began to research alternative processes and am now using Tetrapak, gum Arabic transfer, lino etch, mokulito, Cyanotype, Gelli plates, paper & plate lithography, silk aquatint and digital prints and have produced some interesting results.

Depsite the fact that I've had to defer my degree for the timebeing, I managed to produce work for my 'Not a degree show', which took place from 18th - 27th September 2020 at Connaught Print Works, Galway. The work I produced featured images of musicians on 10" and 12" circles to reflect vinyl records and some of the images were actually overlaid onto  old shellac records.

You can see more of Maria's work on Facebook and Instagram.

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