Sáerlaith Molloy

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Sáerlaith Molloy is a recent graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design’s Sculpture and Combined Media department, is an emerging artist who has won K-Fest 2018’s ‘Screaming Pope Prize’ and has been profiled by The Irish Arts Review (Autumn 2017). Molloy’s practice incorporates live performance and video work, with works being primarily executed using simple raw materials such as charcoal, paper, water, books and latex. Molloy employs dialogue as “an anchor point”, combining verbal and non-verbal (physical / body) language to explore processes and the ephemeral through live performative events. One of the artist’s greatest concerns is the transient nature of language, and she explores this through transforming the meaning of the “spoken word” into physical manifestations, and abstracting it in a variety of processes.


GURGLE is a conversation.

A conversation between the performer and the viewer. A conversation between the performer and the space she inhabits.  A conversation between the performer and her body.

“Language” is a term which is malleable, there are many forms of communication, but how an individual chooses to communicate through language is that which interests me most. I aim to distort, manipulate and break down the status-quo of language, thereby creating my own unique form of communication by combining both physical and verbal forms of it in my performances. I alter and distort the mouth by inhaling, exhaling and manipulating air to create sounds, utterances and reverberations. Through these motions and noises, I can create a personal, physical, intimate connection with the viewer. Notions of the transient nature of language are explored through the use of indelible materials, such as inks and colourants. This is enhanced by making uncanny, visceral objects based on the anatomy of the body from life casts. The “momentary” use of language is alluded to, and subverted by offering a non-habitual, permanent form. This permanent form is left in the space once the performance element has finished, acknowledging a present, an event, and a conversation which has occurred.