While I have always been inspired by architecture and its multi-dimensional portrayal of form, the inspiration for my work is in fact multifaceted and includes architecture, space, memory and emotion. I work exclusively with porcelain as the intrinsic characteristics of the material, its translucence and delicate paper-like quality enable me to fully realise my concepts.
My work represents a relationship with space and how it shapes us, both physically and emotionally. It investigates the interrelationships between us and the buildings we inhabit. The structures I make connect these ideas and in doing so, they reflect on the human condition. I aim to pique the curiosity of the viewer and invite them to explore initially hidden aspects of the work and engage with it from different perspectives through observing, ultimately discovering the spaces within.
The fundamental basis of my work is drawn from my life journey; ultimately it encompasses my personal interactions, experiences and observations.
— Isobel Egan
Isobel Egan graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Arts, Design, Ceramics from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award from the Royal Dublin Society in 1999, the Golden Fleece Award (merit) in 2006 and the Visual Art Bursary Award, along with a Solo Exhibition, from Kildare County Council and Art Services in 2014.
In 2006, Isobel Egan represented Ireland at the European Ceramics Context in Borholm, Denmark. Her work is in a number of permanent collections including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan. She is also a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and Ceramics Ireland.