Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Ellen Harper Burke 

BA [Hons] Art

Ellen Harper Burke is an Irish artist based in Dublin who works with video, photography, and drawing with inks and watercolour. She focuses a lot of her work on people and their personal experiences and stories. She often includes sections of poems and writing to give her work a sense of narrative. She aims to maintain honesty throughout the work, allowing people to relate to it. Her work has been included in IADT group exhibitions New Translations (2019), IMMA, and Propositions (2022), on IADT campus.

Project Description

For this project I have been working with young women and am using different mediums to present them in a variety of ways. Through using multiple mediums, my work looks at how each can be used to show different images of a person. I have been surrounded by women my whole life and the book Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés reminded me of how important these women are. I have included quotes from this book in the audio. These words speak of the ‘wild woman’, wild meaning natural rather than out of control. There is a beauty to that freedom which is seen differently in each piece. The installation which brings all of the pieces together is symbolic of the unity between women and the strength this has.