Eithne Ní Dhúgáin

Irish Iconoclasm


This is a series of satirical portraits of some of Ireland’s most famous (and infamous) figures.
Whether it is due to the subject's own sense of self-importance or the public's over-inflated view of them, the value placed on celebrities and celebrity culture seems misplaced and amplified, to the point of resembling a form of idolatry.
The destruction of religious or cult images is known as 'iconoclasm', a term I've borrowed for the title of this project.
The images reference styles of art usually reserved for great historic, mythological and religious figures, including Roman mosaics, Christian iconography and royal portraiture. They were produced