Aideen and Fionnuala Doran were born in 1984 in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. They completed their BA Fine and Applied Art in 2007, graduating with first class honours, and are both now co-directors of Catalyst Arts Gallery in Belfast.
Both artists are interested in exploring the strangeness apparent in everyday life, and the disconnections between actual and imagined geographies. Working across sculpture, animation, drawing and installation, they appropriate obsolete and obscure cultural material and reweave new narratives from it. Doran and Doran share a will to draw the absurd out of the mundane.
Aideen and Fionnula used Flat 4 as an open studio working on drawings and sculptures. Aideen experimented with frosted lettering and wood effect contact paper inspired by the dingy imitation surroundings associated with rented flats while Fionnula drew the imagined adventures of Abraham Lincoln with laser vision. During their stay Aideen also offered a crossword service to tenants.