While Isobel has always been inspired by architecture and its multi-dimensional portrayal of form, the inspiration for her work is in fact multifaceted and includes architecture, space, memory and emotion. She works exclusively with porcelain as the intrinsic characteristics of the material, its translucence and delicate paper-like quality enable her to fully realise my concepts.
Her work represents a relationship with space and how it shapes us, both physically and emotionally. It also investigates the interrelationships between us and the buildings we inhabit. The structures she makes connect these ideas and in doing so, they reflect on the human condition. She aims to pique the viewer’s curiosity, inviting them to look beyond the surface where they may discover intimate spaces that are, at first glance, hidden from view.
The fundamental basis of her work is drawn from her life journey; ultimately it encompasses her personal interactions, experiences and observations.
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. In 2006, Isobel Egan represented Ireland at the European Ceramics Context in Bornholm, 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.