Barbara Knezevic × Jacquie Moore
I acquired To a vanishing point by Barbara Knežević from the Oonagh Young Gallery at VUE Contemporary Art Fair in 2014. The State Art Collection is essentially a working collection with over 90% of artworks out on display in office buildings and heritage properties. There is little opportunity to acquire temporary installations that cannot be placed on long-term display so it is exciting to acquire an artwork that opens up conversations around materiality and audience through the medium of sculpture. I found this work to be both conceptually interesting and technically excellent. I considered that it not only added a strong contemporary presence to the sculptural works already in the collection – works that were created over centuries in stone and metal – but it also offered a new way to re-see these older works and explore the value of objects.
Jacquie Moore is Art Adviser in the Office of Public Works with responsibility for management of the Irish State Art Collection.
Barbara Knežević is an Australian born artist and educator living and working in Dublin. Her work has been shown internationally in museums, public and private galleries such as Immurement, STATION Gallery Melbourne; The MAC, Belfast; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; EKKM, Tallinn; Gallery Augusta, Helsinki; HIAP, Helsinki. She has been commissioned for public art projects such as a sculptural work to commemorate the loss of young lives in the Easter Rising at the GPO Dublin, (2016) a commission for children in Cabra Library, Dublin (2020) and a major per cent for art project called ‘Collective Energy’ at Kingswood Community College, Dublin (2020). Her work features in National and Private Collections such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland. barbaraknezevic.