Dorothy Cross is one of Ireland's most important international artists. Cross makes both discrete objects and large-scale works and she is well-known for using diverse media, from found and constructed items to opera, photographs and film.
Often beautiful and lyrical, always intellectually stimulating and physically arresting, Dorothy Cross' work can also be ludic and disturbing. Central to her practice are the major themes of time and the body, human time and geological time, transition, transformation and memory. Moreover, she has a particular interest in the natural world and our relationship to it.
For Cross the natural world is a threatened territory of beauty, a place of constant change, it is this fluidity that inspires a series of strange and unexpected encounters. Based on the west coast of Ireland, a deep sense of place pervades Cross' work. Many of her pieces have previously incorporated objects found locally on the seashore, including boats and whale skeletons.
Her best known public work is Ghost Ship, where she painted a de- commissioned lightship with phosphorous paint and moored it in Dublin Bay, where it glowed at night for several weeks in the winter of 1999. In 2013 An Post released a stamp celebrating the Ghost Ship.
'Darkness & Light', [her image of trees] continues the artist's exploration with luminescent materials. The trees are companions to each other, night and day, but they also mirror one another encompassing both positive and negative, dark and light. If they were transposed on top of one another they would cancel each other out.