We got chatting with artist Bennie Reilly while she was installing her new exhibition, The New Past, in Triskel Gallery Space. Read on to find out more about her and then maybe come in to take a look at her pieces.
What is your favourite cinema treat?
A large box of popcorn laced with Maltesers is the ultimate cinema treat.
What is your go-to motivation music?
Music is very important to me, particularly in the studio and the mood has to be right in order to be motivated so it varies depending how I’m feeling but I’d say it’s mellow, steady music that I listen to the most. Bands like Air ,The American Analogue Set and Yo la Tengo would be on heavy rotation when I’m really stressed out.
Were you interested in art as a child?
Yes, I always liked drawing. I used to turn school copy books into my own comics and I’d spend hours designing dresses and clothes for my dolls – I would never actually make them though, it was only the drawing part that I was interested in.
What is the most memorable place your work has brought you?
My last research trip to the Smithsonian in Washington DC was very exciting but I think my most memorable experience was at the Hellebou residency in Norway, staying with artist Magnhild Opdøl in a cabin in the woods, completely isolated and immersed in nature. There was no running water so we had to fill buckets from a well every day to cook and wash with. No TV, wifi, traffic or neighbours, the only thing to distract us from work was the amazing scenery and the sound of woodpeckers.
What is your most listened to radio station?
I probably listen to Newstalk the most and then switch to Lyric FM when the news starts stressing me out.
Tea or coffee?
Black coffee please.
Is there an artist whose work particularly inspires you?
The work of Irish artist Janet Mullarney always excites and inspires me. She uses such an interesting variety of media and her work is skilled, inventive, peculiar and really sensitive.
When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
I love walking, it really helps me get my head in order. Reading and watching films too.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A fashion designer or a zoologist.