Aisling Phelan is a multidisciplinary artist and writer, working across 3D animation, photography, video and performance. She is currently undertaking a joint degree course in Fine Art Media and Critical Cultures at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Phelan’s practice is concerned with the exploration of the digital self, through both data and imagery, and the potential for this to further our understanding of our physical selves.
Themes such as identity and disconnection are explored through reference to our engagement with the virtual, digital and online world. Being born into the digital age, and the pandemic perhaps accentuating the digital fluency of her generation, Phelan’s work inherently employs the virtual as her landscape. Through the creation of 3D environments, combined with the use of 3D characters and animations, Phelan experiments with scale, gravity and movement to create virtual realities that could never exist within the confines of our physical world. Phelan considers artists such as Ed Atkins, Nam June Paik and Rachel Rossin to be a major influence on her work.
In 2018, Aisling’s photographs were chosen for a publication by NCAD Master students and she performed for Jessie Hopkins for her MFA show. In response to IMMA’s ‘Desire’ exhibition, she had a live virtual reality performance in an Open Studio in IMMA in December 2019. Aisling’s photograms were included in a digital showreel for the Dora Maar UNIQLO Tate Lates Display in the Tate Modern and her poetry was published in the 2019 Dublin Art Book Fair after successfully gaining a place on the Temple Bar Gallery Young Art Writers Programme. Her photographs have been published in UTB Magazine and in the British Analog Collective. Aisling was also a member of the DHG Student Forum, with work included in a publication for Culture Night in September 2020.