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Erin Quinn
Cabra, Ireland

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The title "Breaking Point" is a term used in breath-hold diving. It refers to the moment a person submits to their overwhelming urge to take a breath. The series Breaking Point began as a personal project to investigate my past fears of drowning and everything that particular fear represented. While uncovering my own, I photograph someone else moving past their physical and psychological limitations. This is an ongoing series in which I ask my subjects to pose for me in a bath. In essence, to overcome their own inhibitions by allowing someone to photograph them in the most private and intimate of places. What transpires is a highly personal transaction between the subject and artist. Both working through their fears.

I am a lens based artist who's work often examines commonalities between people and shared experiences. My themes tend to transcend gender, nationality and socio-economic status exploring what it is to be human. I ask the viewer to not only "see" my images but to question their own responses and reactions to them, analyzing their own perspective on what has been revealed.




born: 1970, Toronto, Canada

selected awards/honors

Curtin O'Donoghue Award in Photography at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 2011
Imagine Ireland Grant (Culture Ireland Initiative) to fund travel to New York show, 2011

selected publications

29 May 2011, (Breaking Point #2) The Sunday Times, Culture Magazine, Pg. 15
25 May 2011, (Breaking Point #2) The Irish Times, Culture, "Creativity Overcomes Commerce"
April/May 2011, (Surveillance) Gallery & Studio Magazine, New York, "Art Contest Winners Forecast Trends to Come"
12 Aug 2010, (Surveillance) The Irish Times, Arts, "Captured by Unseen Spies", by Maggie Armstrong

selected solo or two-person exhibits

"Dreaming", Alliance Francaise, Bangladesh, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival, 2011
"Surveillance", Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin, Ireland, 2010

selected group shows

2011 "Surveillance", Manifest Gallery, Ohio, USA
2011 "Surveillance", Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2011 "Breaking Point & #8243;, Invited Artist, Royal Hibernian Academy's Annual Show 2011

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