Kiera O’Toole


Kiera O’Toole MPhil Fine Art

Why Drawing Matters...

to me.

I'm concerned with how humans experience the everyday world and in particular the natural world. My hope is to create a 'Holding Space for Wonder'; a space for slow looking as the maker and as the viewer. 

The site as a drawing surface and physical site forms and informs my drawing practice which deeply considers the atmospheric, material, temporal and corporeal aspects of experience.  

The embodied mark and all its complexities: diversity, directness, universality and presentness is evidence of human existence.  It's a way to experience the world and to pay attention to the everyday.


Dublin born Kiera O’Toole is a visual artist and researcher with a studio in The Model in Sligo since 2016.  O'Toole is a PhD researcher at Loughborough University UK.  She completed an MPhil, Fine Art, The University of Newcastle, Australia 2013 and a BA, Fine Art, D.I.T, 2000.  O’Toole’s practice and research examines the perceptual and aesthetic experience of embodied drawing and in particular site-specific drawing.  She is concerned with how humans experience the world and embodied drawing is a way to experience the world and to pay attention to the everyday.  This is released both inside and outside the gallery space: studio, public art, digital media, installation and sculpture.  Her practice includes residences including Project Anywhere which is a global bind peer-reviewed exhibition, conference and book in 2020 and is lead by the University of Melbourne and Parsons School of Art, NY. IO’Toole will presents and also publishes including a book chapter titled ‘Drawing from the Non-Place published by Cambridge Scholars in 2020.  Kiera is a co-founder of Drawing deCentered which is professional artist-led collective that explores contemporary drawing practice in Ireland.


Kiera O’Toole - ‘Day 3 Drawing Wonder VI’, chalk, algae and seawater on bulwark, Dunmoran Strand, Sligo, Ireland, 27th July, 2019 

Kiera O’Toole - 23 weaved drawings - 2020 ink and graphite on paper









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