Flaming Fleeces environmental installation at White Rock, Millom, Cumbria
Irene Rogan’s work, in her exploration of materiality and the metaphysical world, grapples with contradiction. Process, physicality and location are the visible effects of her contending with notions of the human condition and more recently, place. The work often has a theatrical presence that acts to gain the attention of the audience to view not just the transforming power in progress but the transformation that has obviously taken place and is a metaphor for the ‘divided self’ in lived experience and spiritual immanence.
An increasingly multidisciplinary practice incorporates scientific knowledge; microscopy and ecology and more recently social activism in the production of environmental installation, sculpture, documentary photography, sound works, drawing, participatory events, and performance.
Through collaborations, further development is the dialogue within an emerging curatorial practice, encouraging conversations with people from a broad range of disciplines: river geomorphologists, salt marsh ecologists, sound recordists and videographers, musicians, agricultural communities, astronomers, theoretical biologists, natural historians, choirs, writers, composers, artists, poets and relevant organisations and partners.
In recent years, her practice has expanded both nationally and internationally through residencies, travel research and exhibitions. Her current focus is on rural coastal areas of South West Cumbria.