My painting practice has been an ongoing response to stories in the media, be it climate change, homelessness or the Irish Diaspora.
Covid Eyes was a temporary exhibition of most of the paintings from my Covid Eyes online art project – funded by the Arts Council of Ireland during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.
During this strange period of isolation, social distancing and face masks, I became acutely aware of the special significance of human eyes. For the online project, I posted a new image of eyes every Tuesday over the summer of 2020.
The eyes can tell so much about us, our fear, our frustrations, our compassion, but at the same time, the masks can hide so much. It can be more difficult to ascertain age, social standing, emotions etc. This exploration of eyes ultimately pointed to the fact that we are not that different from each other, that we are all in this together and that we must rely on each other to get through this.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine, Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Coverage of the exhibition:
An Artist Focuses in on “Covid Eyes” Thanks to Laoise Neylon of Culture Desk, Dublin Enquirer, Wednesday 14th of October 2020
“Gné-Alt: “Covid Eyes” – Taispeántas le Eoin Mac Lochlainn” mo bhuíochas le Tegan Nic Giollarnáth, ó Seoid, Deireadh Fómhair, 2020