Patrick Doyle, Wexford Campus School of Art, BA

 Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist
Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist

 Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist
Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist

 Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist
Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist

In its third year, the Degree Show at Wexford Campus School of Art, Westgate, has now established itself as an annual event in the town. The 2010 exhibition featured the work of 12 students who have just completed the BA (Hons) in Art programme through IT Carlow. The work at this year's show was a good indication of how the college has now become an important part of the cultural life of Wexford. In Patrick Doyle's case, a bold and humorous approach that showed an understanding and empathy to those who suffered from institutional abuse. Doyle's work, The Ship, was a well thought out response to a highly controversial and divisive topic, and it was emotional without being excessive or sensational. The Ship (ie Letterfrack) consisted of four elements: an installation with conical, pointed-headed sculptures made from fire ash situated in a space resembling an altar.  Smaller versions of these sculptures were featured in the Shooting gallery where the viewer was invited to shoot tea bags at them from homemade catapults. A video, No mercy, showed a robed figure beating eggs to a pulp on a toilet floor to the sounds of a cattle mart. The figure is then seen frying the beaten and filthy concoction before we see him praying in a corner.  The video is viewed from a wooden bench while engulfed by the aroma of Jeyes fluid. With his use of materials and images, Doyle brings to the fore questions of how ordinary people can become corrupted by institutional forces and asks how such behaviour is determined by institutions religious or otherwise.
 Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist
Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist

 Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist
Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist

 Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist
Patrick Doyle: from The Ship; courtesy the artist

Kevin Ryan is an artist and writer living and working in Wexford.