David Carvill is a Dublin based artist at the Institute of Art and Design Technology, Dun Laoghaire. His work is mainly in the mediums of sculpture and installation and deal with topics such as participation and the claim to space. David has exhibited in the Sculpture in Context Exhibition held in the National Botanical Gardens, Dublin in 2022, he also exhibited in Borders: Future Landscapes, for the Venice Contemporary in 2021, Don't forget about the dirt, Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem, 2022, In the Making: Bread, Pallas Project/Studios, 2023 and currently has a sculpture in the Royal Hibernian Academy's 193rd Annual Exhibition.
My work explores the development and construction of the changing
urban landscape with particular reference to the claim to space and
commodification of natural materials. Recently I have been working in
the medium of concrete and this work is made by experimenting with
different aggregates, gathered in various locations that explore the ties
between location and materials. Fragments and particles are loosely
compacted together, transforming natural matter into a man-made
structure. The action of mixing, curing and polishing the concrete
creates a sense of solidity, and an impression of permanency. These
processes of controlled compaction are intended to evoke pressures on
space, society, commerce and nature, which together determine claims
This thesis explored the ways in which community-based art practices empower their given communities and the way in which the research-driven process of creating is less focused on a visual artistic outcome and rather focuses on the development of the work as the focal point of the work. To explore this, three Irish artists working in the field were used as case studies,these being Amanda Coogan, Fiona Whelan and Rhona Byrne.