New Generation Gallery

Ava Marie Downey

Masters in Fine Art, National College of Art and Design

New Generation Gallery


Domestic abuse has always fascinated me in both its psychological patterns and how we as a society respond to it. With coercive control only becoming a criminal offence in Ireland in January 2019, I believe the concept of abuse beyond the physical is one that we are still trying to grasp as a society due to the lack of understanding and knowledge around it. My practice has a very personal component to it since I draw on my own experience of abuse in my childhood home. The artwork I create is not overtly about domestic abuse but rather tells a story about an emotional state while in an abusive situation. The abusive cycle of tension, incident, reconciliation, calm and repeat is an ideology that I have created my work around. I am expressing the adverse impact abuse has on usual day to day activities.

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Surpass, 2022
Little Girl, 2022
The Wrong Spoon, 2022
The Wrong Spoon, 2022
Father and Daughter, 2022
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