Who is the Other?

portrait by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of Charlotte Fien

I was watching the film “Basquiat” about the street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his fraught collaboration with Andy Warhol, a leading figure in the American art world of the last century.

Both of them worked in turn on the same canvas and I remember Warhol was quite miffed when Basquiat painted a big sloppy red mark over a carefully painted section by Warhol. Ah well, I suppose that’s what can happen when one is collaborating with others.

And we’ve been at it ourselves. “Concerning the Other” is an art project that involves 10 artists working together over each other’s work. All of the artists started off with one image and passed it on to the next artist to work on – and the whole process continued until each artist had worked over all ten images. We’re nearly finished now – we’ve all reached stage 10.

Yes, and I added a portrait that I’d painted of Charlotte Fien (see above) to the collage. This collage had started off with a profile of Kate Murphy’s daughter but then some of the following artists introduced references to the Nazis and to various eugenics programmes. So, if you’re wondering who Charlotte Fien is, she is a young English woman with Down syndrome who delivered a moving speech to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations in March this year.

Concerning the Other final collage Eoin Mac Lochlainn

The artists involved with “Concerning the Other” were: James Hanley RHA, Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, Joanna Kidney, Gail Ritchie, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Susanne Wawra and myself, and the project was curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and me.

The final ten artworks along with a selected number of ‘in-between’ images will be exhibited at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in September 2017. The exhibition entitled: Concerning the Other will also feature individual works by the participating artists.

It will be officially opened on Sunday 10th of September by Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the RHA Gallagher Gallery.

There’s a lot more information about the project on our Facebook page at:




And of course, your comments are always welcome here!



  1. I note that some spiritual writers refer to God as ‘the absolutely Other’, indicating the transcendence of the Divine, but I prefer to try to see God in the ‘least of my brethren’ that Jesus spoke about, and maybe that is what you subtly suggest in your latest addition to the project.

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  2. Ummm thanks for adding a painting of me to your exhibition. My mum said I needed to wear a dress to the UN lunch and speech. I’m not a fan of dresses so I look weird and awkward in the UN pics. Maybe next time paint me looking less uncomfortable in the ugly blue dress.

    Charlie Fien aka Charlotte Helene Fien

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    • Dear Charlie, I didn’t think you looked weird at all, at the UN speech. I thought you looked dignified. I was impressed that you spoke so confidently and clearly and I was very moved to hear your speech. I imagine most people would be very nervous speaking in public like that (and especially at the UN, in front of the whole world) but you looked great! Congratulations! Best wishes, Eoin

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