|Silver Tip Symphony, 2010, oil on linen, 183 x 243cm|
Early was born in 1980, graduated from NCAD in Dublin in 2003 and currently lives and works in London. She is represented by Stolen Space Gallery, also located in London. The paintings featured on her website are from 2009 to now, and research into her older work turns up images from 2008. Early's paintings commonly feature themes of people in swimsuits, sometimes dominating the composition, and sometimes occupying a small part in a landscape.
|Torpedo, oil on aluminum disc, 122cm in diameter|
|Vacation, oil on linen, 20 x 31cm|
I have been looking at the idea of flight, both real and metaphorical in my work for the past few years. The idea started with my diving girls series, it has developed and grown into thoughts on fleeing, departing and the desire to escape drudgery. The holiday is the most obvious expression of escapism, peaking with the construction of theme parks and disney land but escapism manifests throughout culture in more subtle ways, scientific, technological and commercial. Most of our collective endeavors are a desire to distance ourselves from the lowly animal status of our species here on earth. Hearing about the tower jumpers of the Middle Ages – men dressed in homemade wings throwing themselves off towers in the name of flight research is a classic example of mans inability to accept his circumstances, ie I am a human but I want to be able to fly like a bird too. In my work I want to capture that feeling of abandonment from reality and also underlie some of the dystopian effects that such an approach brings.