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Working primarily with sculpture, and occasionally with painting and film, Aleana Egan engenders psychological states and memories through enigmatic arrangements of objects and forms. Her sculptural works appear restrained, but are laden with subtle references to the built environment. An airy, slender metal structure might echo an architectural form plucked out of the landscape, while her use of simple household materials – plaster, cardboard, matte paint and various fabrics – speak to the domestic. Egan’s practice is shaped by her deep engagement with works of literature and cinema: never opting for direct representation, she uses this source material as an entryway, absorbing the moods and tones it evokes. Her forms and shapes act as traces or shifting responses, tentative articulations of remembered places or everyday moments. A meandering, sensuous line and sense of fluidity is carried from her sculptures into her film and painting, giving form to a sense of flux, openness and mutability.

 

Aleana Egan lives and works in Dublin.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Aleana Egan, blue balcony 2020 - 2021

Aleana Egan

blue balcony 2020 - 2021

mixed media on linen

40 x 50 x 2 cm

15.7 x 19.7 x .8 in

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Aleana Egan //

Aleana Egan
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untreated bronze, unique 

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Aleana Egan  ordinary language 2020/21
Aleana Egan  ordinary language 2020/21
Aleana Egan  ordinary language 2020/21
Aleana Egan  ordinary language 2020/21
Aleana Egan  ordinary language 2020/21

Aleana Egan 
ordinary language 2020/21
mixed media on linen
50 x 40 x 5 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 x 2 in

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Aleana Egan  a social edge, 2015

Aleana Egan 
a social edge, 2015
lacquered steel and copper, powder-coated steel pipes, card, tape, filler, paint, varnish
140 x 220 x 86 cm / 55.1 x 86.6 x 33.9  

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Aleana Egan  little surface pictures, 2014/2018

Aleana Egan 
little surface pictures, 2014/2018
Powder-coated steel, steel, lacquer, cotton & linen garments, resin, anti-fatigue matting
251 x 286 x 366 cm / 98.8 x 112.6 x 144.1 in 

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Aleana Egan  repeating earth, 2017

Aleana Egan 
repeating earth, 2017
card, tape, filler, acrylic paint, Modroc bandage, pigment, fire back, beech and linen screen
200 x 194 x 117 cm / 78.7 x 76.4 x 46.1 in installed

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Aleana Egan  odd wires, 2018

Aleana Egan 
odd wires, 2018
untreated bronze, unique
153 x 53 x 5 cm / 60.2 x 20.9 x 2 in 

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Aleana Egan  made boats, 2017

Aleana Egan 
made boats, 2017
card, tape, filler, Modroc bandage, pigment, Jesmonite, acrylic paint 
left: 145 x 48 x 9 cm / 57.1 x 18.9 x 3.5 in 
right: 136 x 57 x 7 cm / 53.5 x 22.4 x 2.7 in

 

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Aleana Egan Understudy, 2014
Aleana Egan Understudy, 2014
Aleana Egan Understudy, 2014
Aleana Egan Understudy, 2014

Aleana Egan
Understudy, 2014
galvanised and powder-coated steel
910 x 330 x 65 cm / 358.3 x 129.9 x 25.6 in 
Installation at Merrion Square, Dublin

 

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Aleana Egan Shapes from life
Aleana Egan Shapes from life
Aleana Egan Shapes from life
Aleana Egan Shapes from life

Aleana Egan
Shapes from life
installation at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Gallery 2 July 31 - September 30, 2015

 

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Aleana Egan  daily air, 2013

Aleana Egan 
daily air, 2013
stainless steel, plaster of Paris, wire, two elements
element one 0.2 x 95 x 135 cm / .1 x 37.4 x 53.1 in
element two 36 x 66 x 80 cm / 14.2 x 26 x 31.5 in

 

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Aleana Egan Mount Iris, 2012
Aleana Egan Mount Iris, 2012
Aleana Egan Mount Iris, 2012
Aleana Egan Mount Iris, 2012
Aleana Egan Mount Iris, 2012

Aleana Egan
Mount Iris, 2012
installation view at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

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Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning 
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning 
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning 
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning 
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning 

Aleana Egan
At intervals, while turning 
installation at Drawing Room, London
3 February – 13 March 2011

 

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Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 

Aleana Egan
When things cast no shadow 
installation at 5th Berlin Biennial
5th April–15th June 2008
Copyright Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Uwe Walter, 2008

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Aleana Egan Leopards in the Temple 
Aleana Egan Leopards in the Temple 
Aleana Egan Leopards in the Temple 
Aleana Egan Leopards in the Temple 
Aleana Egan Leopards in the Temple 

Aleana Egan
Leopards in the Temple 
installation at Sculpture Center, New York 
January 10 - March 30, 2010

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Aleana Egan We sat down where we had sat before 

Aleana Egan
We sat down where we had sat before 
installation at Kunsthalle Basel
20 April – 08 June 2008
 

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Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 

Aleana Egan
When things cast no shadow 
installation at 5th Berlin Biennial
5th April–15th June 2008
Copyright Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Uwe Walter, 2008

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Aleana Egan, blue balcony 2020 - 2021

Aleana Egan

blue balcony 2020 - 2021

mixed media on linen

40 x 50 x 2 cm

15.7 x 19.7 x .8 in

Aleana Egan //

Aleana Egan
//
untreated bronze, unique 

Aleana Egan  ordinary language 2020/21

Aleana Egan 
ordinary language 2020/21
mixed media on linen
50 x 40 x 5 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 x 2 in

Aleana Egan  a social edge, 2015

Aleana Egan 
a social edge, 2015
lacquered steel and copper, powder-coated steel pipes, card, tape, filler, paint, varnish
140 x 220 x 86 cm / 55.1 x 86.6 x 33.9  

Aleana Egan  little surface pictures, 2014/2018

Aleana Egan 
little surface pictures, 2014/2018
Powder-coated steel, steel, lacquer, cotton & linen garments, resin, anti-fatigue matting
251 x 286 x 366 cm / 98.8 x 112.6 x 144.1 in 

Aleana Egan  repeating earth, 2017

Aleana Egan 
repeating earth, 2017
card, tape, filler, acrylic paint, Modroc bandage, pigment, fire back, beech and linen screen
200 x 194 x 117 cm / 78.7 x 76.4 x 46.1 in installed

Aleana Egan  odd wires, 2018

Aleana Egan 
odd wires, 2018
untreated bronze, unique
153 x 53 x 5 cm / 60.2 x 20.9 x 2 in 

Aleana Egan  made boats, 2017

Aleana Egan 
made boats, 2017
card, tape, filler, Modroc bandage, pigment, Jesmonite, acrylic paint 
left: 145 x 48 x 9 cm / 57.1 x 18.9 x 3.5 in 
right: 136 x 57 x 7 cm / 53.5 x 22.4 x 2.7 in

 

Aleana Egan Understudy, 2014

Aleana Egan
Understudy, 2014
galvanised and powder-coated steel
910 x 330 x 65 cm / 358.3 x 129.9 x 25.6 in 
Installation at Merrion Square, Dublin

 

Aleana Egan Shapes from life

Aleana Egan
Shapes from life
installation at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Gallery 2 July 31 - September 30, 2015

 

Aleana Egan  daily air, 2013

Aleana Egan 
daily air, 2013
stainless steel, plaster of Paris, wire, two elements
element one 0.2 x 95 x 135 cm / .1 x 37.4 x 53.1 in
element two 36 x 66 x 80 cm / 14.2 x 26 x 31.5 in

 

Aleana Egan Mount Iris, 2012

Aleana Egan
Mount Iris, 2012
installation view at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning 

Aleana Egan
At intervals, while turning 
installation at Drawing Room, London
3 February – 13 March 2011

 

Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 

Aleana Egan
When things cast no shadow 
installation at 5th Berlin Biennial
5th April–15th June 2008
Copyright Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Uwe Walter, 2008

Aleana Egan Leopards in the Temple 

Aleana Egan
Leopards in the Temple 
installation at Sculpture Center, New York 
January 10 - March 30, 2010

Aleana Egan We sat down where we had sat before 

Aleana Egan
We sat down where we had sat before 
installation at Kunsthalle Basel
20 April – 08 June 2008
 

Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow 

Aleana Egan
When things cast no shadow 
installation at 5th Berlin Biennial
5th April–15th June 2008
Copyright Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Uwe Walter, 2008

Vestibule, Merrion Square, Dublin, 2014

Vestibule, Merrion Square, Dublin, 2014

Aleana Egan has exhibited at Sculpture Centre, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthalle zu Kiel; Landesmuseum Münster; The Drawing Room and Jerwood Space, London; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh; Leeds Art Gallery; the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery and IMMA, Dublin. She has also participated in the Berlin Biennale. In recent years, she has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bremen (2021); NICC Vitrine Brussels (2020) and Farbvision, Berlin (2019). Recent group exhibitions include The Classical Museum, University College Dublin (2021); Cample Line, Scotland; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; Scoil Lorcáin, Seapoint (all 2019); Drawing Room, London (2019, 2017) and Project Space Tilburg (2017).

We sat down where we had sat before, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2008 

We sat down where we had sat before, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2008 

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Thumbnails
Aleana Egan small field, 2021 
Aleana Egan small field, 2021 
Aleana Egan small field, 2021 
Aleana Egan small field, 2021 
Aleana Egan small field, 2021 
Aleana Egan small field, 2021 

Aleana Egan
small field, 2021 
Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany

Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019
Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019
Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019
Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019
Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019
Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019
Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019

Aleana Egan
Spitze, 2019
Farbvision, Berlin, Germany 

Aleana Egan day wears, 2012
Aleana Egan day wears, 2012
Aleana Egan day wears, 2012
Aleana Egan day wears, 2012
Aleana Egan day wears, 2012
Aleana Egan day wears, 2012

Aleana Egan
day wears, 2012
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011
Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011

Aleana Egan
At intervals, while turning, 2011
The Drawing Room, London

Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow, 2008
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow, 2008
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow, 2008
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow, 2008
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow, 2008
Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow, 2008

Aleana Egan
When things cast no shadow, 2008
5th Berlin Biennial, Germany
Photo: berlin biennial for contemporary art, Uwe Walter

 

Aleana Egan We sat down where we had sat before, 2008
Aleana Egan We sat down where we had sat before, 2008
Aleana Egan We sat down where we had sat before, 2008
Aleana Egan We sat down where we had sat before, 2008

Aleana Egan
We sat down where we had sat before, 2008
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

Aleana Egan small field, 2021 

Aleana Egan
small field, 2021 
Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany

Aleana Egan Spitze, 2019

Aleana Egan
Spitze, 2019
Farbvision, Berlin, Germany 

Aleana Egan day wears, 2012

Aleana Egan
day wears, 2012
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Aleana Egan At intervals, while turning, 2011

Aleana Egan
At intervals, while turning, 2011
The Drawing Room, London

Aleana Egan When things cast no shadow, 2008

Aleana Egan
When things cast no shadow, 2008
5th Berlin Biennial, Germany
Photo: berlin biennial for contemporary art, Uwe Walter

 

Aleana Egan We sat down where we had sat before, 2008

Aleana Egan
We sat down where we had sat before, 2008
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

Aleana Egan in conversation with Dr. Sarah Lowndes
This In Converation coincided with the exhibition Aleana Egan - 'At intervals, while turning'
Drawing Room
3 February 2011 – 13 March 2011
 

Aleana Egan in conversation with Dr. Sarah Lowndes

Aleana Egan in conversation with Dr. Sarah Lowndes
This In Converation coincided with the exhibition Aleana Egan - 'At intervals, while turning'
Drawing Room
3 February 2011 – 13 March 2011