Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Ruby Mc Evoy 

BA [Hons] Art

Ruby McEvoy is a non-binary femme visual artist based in Dublin. They work mainly in lens-based media, with an interest in analogue film and photographic layering. Ruby’s art is introspective, and they use it as a visual journal with each new piece being based on the main emotional concern for them at that time. Ruby often deals with issues of control, feelings of otherness, and ways to find comfort and ground themselves.

How I spend my time

How I spend my time is a double exposure analogue photography project. The concept for this project is the juxtaposition between the artist’s life and the spaces they are happy in while at home in Dublin versus when they visit family in the Tipperary countryside. The physical contrast between city nightlife and rural scenery is interesting to the artist as it sparks a similar feeling of joy and comfort in them. This is odd as the spaces have quite different auras and are physically contrasting in lighting, volume/types of sounds heard, and proximity to other people. The artist used expired 35mm film for this project to achieve the desired outcome of not very sharp, partially grainy images that adds to the feeling of comfort that the artist felt in the spaces. The accompanying poem further reflects on the artist's feeling of how these spaces may seem opposite but bring comfort and happiness to them.

Thesis title - The impact international trading had on Japanese Woodblock Printing after the Sakoku isolation policy

This thesis will analyse Japanese woodblock printing during the time the Sakoku policy was in place and after the policy was lifted to see if international trading had an impact on it.
Woodblock printing is a form of creating images by cutting out pictures on blocks on wood and using ink to print them onto paper. It was introduced to Japan in the 8th century by Buddhist missionaries and was originally used in religious iconography and writings. It then grew to become one of the most famous art forms in Japan and, prior to the introduction of photography, one of the most effective ways to advertise and spread information.
The Sakoku isolation policy, a government edict brought around in 1639 by the Japanese bakufu government, severely limited Japan’s contact with the rest of the world until 1854. It was then that the Perry Convention was signed, and Japan’s borders officially reopened.
This lack of outside influence due to limited international trading would not have allowed Japanese woodblock printing to evolve the same way European art forms were. When the Sakoku isolation was lifted and Japanese print artists had access to Western art and new materials, was there a change to the process of woodblock printing?
Focusing on the process of making a woodblock print, materials used and methods of printing, and the themes, content, and styles of the print this thesis will explore if any impact occurred to Japanese woodblock printing as a result of the reopening of Japan after this extended isolation period.