My artistic concerns for the current ecological crisis are influenced by concepts and theories of plant culture, including plant blindness, post-naturalism, and hybrid material. The diverse quality of the artworks combined with plant life forms highlights the contrast between the impermanent organic elements that transform and decay and the more static materials that reflect humanity's legacy on earth.
My aim is to present a speculative vision of our natural world where various materials are intertwined suggesting the creation of new species and to enhance our awareness of the over-use of synthetics.
I’m interested in pushing the boundaries of drawing in an unconventional way. The more traditional approach is used as a starting point to construct the work and to create a continuity and connection between the various mediums and materials.
The act of drawing is challenged by transferring it digitally and by transforming it into a 3 dimensional artwork.
The creative process includes repetition of layering and distortion of lines, forms and colours through the process of printing and manipulated scanned images symbolising plant and human biorhythm, and the notion of reproduction through the use of technology.
The drawings and the digitised hybrids of plants and human body parts entangled with plastics are reminders of the notion of biological mimicry in which organisms simultaneously evolve to resemble, and compete with one another.
Ida Mitrani is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator currently living in the Beara peninsula, in West Cork. She received a First class honours Masters degree in Art and Process from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2021 and a BA in Fine Art from the Institute of Art and Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire in 2003.
Recent exhibitions include 'With Other Matter' in Roscommon Arts Centre, ‘Woman in the Machine’ in Visual Carlow, GOMA, Waterford, and in Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre.
Her work is included in a number of publications and is now part of the public collection in the National Library in Dublin, the National Archives of Ireland, and the Arts Office in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Awards include Arts Council Ireland Agility Award, Arts for Health Learning residency supported by Cork County Council and Creative Ireland; the Dublin City Arts Council office residential space 2022.