Pauline O’Farrell

From a journey to document the uniqueness of DIT’s Fine Art Building, St Joseph’s in Portland Row, to a comparison of architectural features between St Joseph’s and North House in Grange Gorman prior to its transformation, comes series of paintings, prints and drawings titled “Romancing the Ordinary” (the title taken from a book by Sarah Ban Breathnach )The series highlight the architectural details in St Joseph’s where functionality and aesthetics were given equal consideration.  While the utilitarianism of the remaining architectural features of the empty shell of North House, a former mental institution were a stark contrast. These works are a snapshot of a particular time frame for both buildings.