Siuán Ní Dhochartaigh

Definition of practice  prac·​tice | \ ˈprak-təs  \

Using Mirriam-Webster’s definition 


a. Carry out, apply

Applications of my practice are cross-form. I have made short moving image works, books, prints, paintings, and shower curtains, which are usually narrative-led. My writing practice produces short dreamscapes, looping prose around crocodiles, and contemporary tales of work and care. These texts are read as films, printed on cotton, or reflected in mirrors.

b. To do or perform often, customarily, or habitually

My work considers its own working habits and the performativity of practice. My forms allow themselves to become self-reflexive. Projects often move between performance, documentation, and critical texts so that overarching narratives appear on how the work is made.

c. To be professionally engaged in

I’m engaged with concepts of value and labour and how they relate to the self (Our bodies, time, and personal agency). I explore work within creative practice, and how we conceive of it when it is inextricable from our lives and relationships.


a. To perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient

Pushing for logic often leads to further abstraction.

b. To train by repeated exercises

I use my own work as a source, so that it becomes a looping archive. It’s intercepted by external sources, the bold instructional language found in internet horoscopes or advice for self-care. Dreaming has become a way to consider a reoccurring personal archive and how it represents our wider world at our personal point of encounter.  


obsolete: PLOT