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Art and Design / September 7, 2022

Art exhibition Sleeping Dogs Lie creates a surrealist landscape of personalities

Image: Kata Kulka
Art and Design / September 7, 2022

Art exhibition Sleeping Dogs Lie creates a surrealist landscape of personalities

Words: Ellen Kenny

The new art exhibition in Rathmines, Sleeping Dogs Lie, promises to offer an “all-embracing” portrayal of the hidden identities with us all.

Artist Kata Kukla has launched her new pop-up art exhibition Sleeping Dogs Lie. Launched on Tuesday, September 6, the exhibition will run in MART’s Fire Station Gallery in Rathmines until September 9.

The title is based on the common phrase “let sleeping dogs lie”, a phrase that suggests it’s better to leave unresolved problems undisturbed, rather than triggering any additional pain. Kata wakes those sleeping dogs right up. Sleeping Dogs Lie is a collection of portraits and collages that aims to chip away at the “veneer” that people present to the world and expose the underlying elements of people’s personalities.

Kata’s art tells a holistic story “that reaches past the physical to encompass time, emotion, identity and trauma resulting in an all embracing collection of work.”

Sleeping Dogs Lie moves from paintings of tiny objects which are keystones to a personal identity to surrealist landscapes which depict formative moments.

Kata Kulka is a Dublin-based multidisciplinary artist born in Poland. Her artistic practice spans the fields of painting, design and print. Kata’s work examines social construct, human identity, historical landscape combined with various motifs and symbolism. A graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts, her work has appeared in Ireland, America, and across Europe.

The exhibition will run in MART’s Fire Station Gallery, Rathmines until September 9.

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