Chelsea Cafe Project #4 sketchbook pages by Paula Bourke-Girgis

Chelsea Cafe Project – Display #4 All Tomorrow’s Parties by Paula Bourke-Girgis

 These pages from Bourke-Girgis’ sketchbooks address the re-appropriation of what she has termed “stock” language.  The artist positions herself within the context of this familiar “stock” language (from sources including advertising, film and contemporary pop culture). Currently working in scrapbooks is a technique that allows her an intimate engagement with her own internal dialogue. The work is hopeful but admits to a cynical undercarriage of despair. It tends to express how she treats life and how life treats her. Bourke-Girgis situates her influences directly into her work, including Thomas Ruff, The Velvet Underground, Tesco and death.

artist Paula Bourke-Girgis with one of her sketchbook pages at the Chelsea College of Art & Design Cafe

artist Paula Bourke-Girgis with one of her sketchbook pages at the Chelsea College of Art & Design Cafe

 

one of Paula Bourke-Girgis' sketchbooks for Chelsea College of Art & Design MA Fine Art Interim Show, 2013

one of Paula Bourke-Girgis’ sketchbooks for Chelsea College of Art & Design MA Fine Art Interim Show, 2013

About the artist

Paula Bourke-Girgis (b. 1985) is a London based visual artist currently on the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Her ongoing practice in scrapbooks, using mixed-media collage privately investigates her relationship with the media and culture.  She hints at her own seemingly crass sense of humour in the work by constantly referencing song titles, advert jingles, catch phrases and slang that have stuck with her on her recent journey from Ireland to the UK.  Bourke-Girgis aims to deal sensitively with dour subject matter with refreshing frankness.  Her focus is a study of the human condition examined through her own lived experiences with psychoanalysis and physiology playing a central role in her research.  Her first solo show Pathophysiology (May-June 2012) was an affiliate project of the Dublin City of Science 2012 and was a well-received conclusion to her residency in Raggle Taggle Gallery, Limerick that she was awarded on graduating in 2011 from her BA Sculpture and Combined Media, Limerick School of Art and Design.

For more information please contact: paulabourkegirgis@gmail.com http://www.behance.net/paulabourkegirgis

work by Paula Bourke-Girgis for Chelsea College of Art & Design MA Fine Art Interim Show, 2013

work by Paula Bourke-Girgis for Chelsea College of Art & Design MA Fine Art Interim Show, 2013

About the project

The Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Art and Design.  These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines.

The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.

For more information please contact  info@chelseaspace.org or in person at CHELSEA space.