A Dublin based artist, Isabel Nolan, works in a wide array of materials and media. Recent exhibitions/commissions include solos at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (2016); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, (2016); Mercer Union, Toronto (2016), Launchpad Art, New York (2015), Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2015); Irish Museum of Modern Art, (2014); Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, (2014); and Museé d’art moderne de Saint-Etienne (2012). Nolan represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale in a group exhibition. Her work has also featured in Launchpad Art, London; LIAF biennial (Lofoten International Art Festival), Norway; Artspace, Sydney; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Beijing Art Museum, The Yugoslav Biennial for Young Artists, Serbia-Montenegro; Glasgow International; and the Mediation Biennale, Poznan, Poland. Nolan is represented by Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo show at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, and at Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, (both 2017) and at the San Antonio Museum of Art, (2018).
Nolan writes, makes sculpture, textiles, paintings and works on paper. In unison these works give form to a quasi-scholarly inquiry into the fundamental question of how the world is made meaningful. Contrasting means of representing or examining reality (cosmological, literary, spiritual, scientific) and of comprehending its infinitely various components provide divergent points of departure for Nolan as she attempts to somehow account for the enduring strangeness of the world, even in its most intimately familiar forms.