Class of 2023 • Painting

Caoilfhionn Hanton

Caoilfhionn Hanton
SETU Waterford


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


I’m a mixed-media artist based in Waterford and a recent graduate of South East Technological University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Art. Raised on a nutritional diet of ubiquitous overstimulating algorithmic content and cute customizable self-surveillance, I’m naturally consumed and repulsed by the social fabrics of hypermodernity. Through painting and mixed-media assemblage of image-transfer, sculpture, performative films and the transfiguration of the ‘poor image’ screenshot, I explore affectionate anthropology and the dissemination of digital folklore. My observations of Post-Internet suburban monotony and disparate worlds found online warp with abstractions inspired by my experience of post-seizure hallucinations from childhood epilepsy, as well as the drunken stupor of lizard-brain lethargy after a digital dopamine deep-scroll.I see humour and whimsy in the disposable distractions of flattened-culture; like when Instagram scammer pornbots with hilarious geographically-targeted usernames flood my notifications. Perhaps that is eco-existentialist cognitive dissonance, but ‘@Brigid_doogan99618973’ momentarily pacifies my furious yearning for the ancient yet recently inconceivable societal pillars many of my generation and more feel robbed of. MILFhood on a planet that’s not being ecologically murdered, being one.Visually investigating this ontology of chronically-online childhood to infantilized adulthood by virtue of neoliberalism feels akin to visiting a metaphysical purgatory. Somewhere between the ‘IRL’ and the ‘URL’, waits an adolescence preserved in pixels I can return to, with chimeric apparitions delivering us from omnicrisis to a utopian future. I feel as though I have Hito Stereyl on one shoulder and Trisha Paytas on the other. As the meme goes, “one foot in the darkness and one foot in a Hello Kitty rollerskate.”
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