Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Caoimhe Farrell 

BA [Hons] Art

Caoimhe Farrell is a visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Colour theory has always been a driving force in her work. Caoimhe incorporates pattern and the idea of repetition while still using bold bright colour in abstraction. Ongoing themes found in her work are the brain, mental health and colour theory. In her current practise a recurring motif can be found relating back to the brain and the formation of memories. This is depicted in bold colour with black line work in acrylic paint. Caoimhe recently designed and painted an Elephant in the Room in collaboration with IADT. She participated in the IADT show *In the Making: Navel* at Pallas Projects (2024).

Project Description

Caoimhe Farrell’s work centres on exploration of the subconscious and the landscapes of memories and dreams. Her work is abstracted from personal experiences with vivid dreams as a form of PTSD and anxiety she experienced in her childhood. The repeated visual motif in her paintings refers to optical sensations often experienced at the moment of slipping into sleep and the essence of the dream state. The abstract pattern seen in her work emanates a dream like sequence and the sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep. The pattern evolves throughout her work with bold vivid colour and shapes that don’t quite look like anything real. The addition of 3D glasses is used to create an immersive experience. When the viewer puts on the 3D glasses to look at the paintings they are invited to dive into a dream. When they look again, after removing the glasses, they are looking at a memory of the dream.

Thesis Title “ An exploration of the colour red with a creative context.”

This thesis is an exploration into colour theory psychology specifically the colour red. The colour red has many representations and reputations in society today this thesis will look at art and artworks from each decade spanning from the 1920s to present day. The artworks discussed in this thesis are from a wide range of artists and come in many forms of art
including painting, print, sculpture and installation, all to create an immersive experience for the viewer. This thesis focuses on the colour red and the emotions it evokes through art such as anger, euphoria, lust and love. The colour theory psychology of the colour red has evolved over time and this thesis demonstrates this. The research that was collected in this thesis is for the purpose of gaining a better understanding for colour theory psychology with a focus on the colour red.