Dáinne Nic Aoidh is a multidisciplinary artist investigating the innate psychological need for personal utopia and the instinctive narrative it drives to allow survival.

In her art practice, Dáinne employs mediums of paint, film, sculpture and pencil-drawings to create an aspirational human consciousness and to identify the elements of internal processing that often lead to personal disillusion.

Informed by a myriad of utopian beliefs and ideals, her art installations combine religious architecture, iconography and mytheological aesthetics to evoke a serene, delicate interpretation of utopia.

Her recent work focuses on paintings and sculptures derived of these exploration processes.

Dáinnes paintings are developed using a slow, meticulous methodology of colour application and erasal. The resulting aesthetic is of an imagery that demands close and fastidious witness to understand the process. This gives the viewer an evident sense of glimpsing the image or experiencing as a voyeur, its various stages of manifestation.

This experience reflects the human psychological ability and fundamental need to erase elements of the experienced past. The 'selective memory' is a mechanism that allows the self to function and further reinforce our perceived notions of what is real and/or ideal.

The sculptural materials chosen by the artist are further invested by the self and translate the eventual meaning of their illustration. Materials used by Dáinne often include wax, copper, mirror, wood, water, and roots.

Used for its transcendental qualities, wax is employed as is wood for its Jungian symbolism of psychic life and its connection to mysticism. Water is used for its cleansing and renewing properties whilst roots are enlisted to evoke sacred ritual and the unseen support system. These materials are integrated and amalgamated to give form to the conflicting human psyche and it's instinct toward transformation.

As a metaphor for the self, Dáinne uses models of architecture and monuments of devotions to depict the mythical utopian city of the inner self and to illustrate the imagined and/or harbored events that remain unexplored in real life.