Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Chlöe Scanlan 

BA [Hons] Photography

Chloe-Louise Scanlan is an Irish artist who combines photography with sculpture and installation. While her work is concerned with social commentary it also deals with self-expression and the celebration of the image as a physical object. In dealing with these subjects, as a young artist, she chooses to analyse virtual reality and online identity by looking at how these operate in society. Her installations represent the mapping of her realisations as they take on new forms, new materials and new meanings. Chloe aims to create a dialogue that questions our understanding surrounding these subjects.


Allelopathy by definition is a biological phenomenon by which an organism produces one or more biochemicals that influence the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other organisms.

Allelopathy is a project which explores virtual reality and online identity. The project is a play on the curated self and how this interferes with our perception of both ourselves and others.

The images in this project are all shot through a deconstructed laptop screen allowing for the representation of the distorted reality social media can present.

The installation mimics the totality of these constructed personas, ranked in a tiered system of admiration. Presented alongside industrial materials, I enforce the materiality and temporary nature of these ideologies.

Analogue Photography : Nostalgia and the transformation of the medium, idolising the aesthetic of the form.

This thesis discusses the re-emerging use of analogue photography. I explore several accomplished practitioners who have found a place for the traditional form both commercially and for artistic purposes. Through found interviews with photographers and editors, I look at the reasons for the continued professional use of the medium in its original form.

The thesis also examines the technological advances of photographic apparatus, concentrating on the modernisation of digital cameras to include or mimic the fundamental operations of analogue cameras. The current position of the medium in pop culture is explored amongst the snap-shot communities analysing how older technologies evolving to remain relevant amongst today's image-makers.