Artists in the Collection

Dorothy Cross

Born 1956, Cork, Ireland

Dorothy Cross was born in Cork, Ireland in 1956. She attended the Crawford Municipal School of Art in Cork before undertaking degree studies at Leicester Polytechnic, England, from 1974 to 1977. She also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, California, 1978-9 and 1980-2.

Cross came to widespread attention when she began a series of works featuring cow skins and cow udders. In her art she amalgamates found and constructed objects. These assemblages invariably have the effect of reinvigorating the lives of everyday things, sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing, always intellectually stimulating and physically arresting. Her most recent work employs the revelatory and voyeuristic traits of video and photography, combining these with sculptural work, to play with what is at risk, on hold, erotic and curious. Cross uses a wide range of materials in her work, including found objects which have been in her family’s possession for many years, constructed objects, photographs and animal skins. She has recently made several works using cow hides and, in particular, cows’ udders. Central to her work as a whole are themes of sexual and cultural identity, personal history and memory.

Dorothy Cross has participated in many significant exhibitions including the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), the 5th Istanbul Biennial (1997) and the 1st Liverpool Biennial (1998). Cross also took part in the groundbreaking exhibition ‘Bad Girls’ at the ICA, London (1994). A major retrospective of her work took place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005).