Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Rhiannon Elliott 

BA [Hons] Art

Rhiannon Elliott is a Dublin based artist. Her work explores the ever-changing city and social landscape of Dublin through the media of print-making and drawing. She often references specific locations around the city centre, using these places as the main characters in her work. These concerns are expressed through the line drawings of structures made in pencil, pen and ink. She has participated in IADT student group exhibitions such as Perceived Dimensions at IMMA (2018), Making the Intangible Tangible at the United Arts Club (2019), and High Heart at Pallas Projects/Studios (2021).

Project Description

Rhiannon Elliott’s work is a response to the changing material and social landscape of Dublin’s city centre. From November 2019 to October 2020, she documented processes of demolition and construction at various locations around the city. In particular she focused on locations where popular venues, such as The Bernard Shaw and the Tivoli Theatre, once existed. She has also studied residential housing estates that are quickly becoming encased by new developments. Her documentation of these locations provides the basis for a series of large-scale drawings, created with media such as pencil and carbon paper, which capture the movement and repeating patterns of scaffolding. Using the absent venues as the main characters within her project, she highlights the decline and demise of public spaces, and the displacement of long-standing residential homes by hotels and empty apartment complexes.