Class of 2021 • Print

Nicola Sheehan

Crawford College of Art and Design


Graduation Year
Class of 2021


The materiality of my work is both digital and analogue. Large-scale cyanotype prints are exposed naturally in sunlight and complemented by digital prints. Blue tones in the digital prints combined with those in the fabric pieces reference the lapis lazuli pigment used in many religious paintings. It was once believed that only men were skilled enough to be trusted with the pigment, however, evidence has emerged in recent years suggesting that it was also used by women as far back as the 9th century. My body is the subject matter within the work, which explores different mythological women whose stories intrigue me. My current work depicts the story and struggles of Helen of Troy, a woman who was wronged and inaccurately represented. The display consists of accurately scaled silhouettes of my body, allowing for a fair and accurate representation of female self and accomplishment – something which Helen was deprived of.
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