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. My writing practice creates short dreamscapes, loops prose around crocodiles, and contemporary tales of work and care. These texts are activated through performance, or book-making. I create drawings that I think of as linguistic, and follow their own hermetic lines of logic. Photography and collage document my art practice and also examine where representation and reality meet clumsily in the middle through signage, mirrors, and marketplace.
b. To do or perform often, customarily, or habitually
My work considers its own working habits and the performativity of practice. My forms are documentative and reflective and employ collage techniques and found material. 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 in my work.
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.