Woman Power Wednesday: Aoife Dunne

This week on Woman Power Wednesday we're taking a look at the insanely talented Aoife Dunne. Aoife is a gal with many strings on her bow, working as a hugely successful visual artist, creative director and a stylist. We caught up with Aoife to chat inspiration, the Irish art scene and career highlights.  

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-You’re a visual artist, creative director and a stylist, do you think they all flow into one mass of creativity or do you see them all as separate jobs?

I feel working in both art and fashion is very difficult, which results in having several titles. I am first and foremost an artist and I most definitely feel all of my skills communicate with each other in every single project, whether I'm working in a gallery space, film, theatre or a photoshoot.

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-Where do you get the inspiration for your work?

I think the secret to being inspired and maintaining originality is seclusion. Creativity and efficiency need solitude to thrive. Being alone feels like a problem that needs to be solved and so people try to solve it by connecting. But I feel connection is more like a symptom than a cure. Solitary conditions allow you to focus attention inward and it is in this state of mind that you become most inspired.

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-What do you think of the Irish art scene at the minute?

I feel the Irish art scene has progressed rapidly in recent years. It is hugely encouraging to see so many young, talented artists from all disciplines making really exciting work. The future looks very promising!

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-You’ve had so many huge career achievements at such a young age, is there one that stands out as a special one?

Exhibiting at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver in the group show “Bodaciousss” with iconic artists such as Dara Birnbaum and Keith Haring is definitely one that stands out. The show was an overwhelming success and I felt honored to be exhibiting alongside artists from earlier generations who pioneered hybrid styles of art-making.

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-What women inspire you?

Any woman that is the true embodiment of courage and perseverance in the face of opposition, criticism and judgment, is inspirational. The most inspiring women to me, are the women that empower other women to be tough, ambitious, have passion and purpose.

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Ciara x 

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