Although Róisín Nolan specialises in analog collage art, her interest in a wide spectrum of creative forms extends beyond her primary medium. Her practice is influenced by literature, music, theology, costume, performance, film, photography and social sciences.

In her early years to mid-teens, she participated in the choir at St. Michael's Parish, Dún Laoghaire. Challenging dogmatic Catholic doctrine was not innate to her personal relationship with faith at the time. That being said, a wild curiosity compelled a reevaluation of the world around her.' If we are all god's children, then how come the man gets to take center stage? What if the nun wanted to run the service? Why aren't the roles and duties equal? What are the connections between these roles and the roles and duties I see fulfilled around me?'

Róisín seeks to ask the why's, to highlight their existence and to encourage individuals to deeply consider the intersection of experiences of those around them, whilst also thinking for themselves in a unilateral manner.  She uses visual imagery as an opportunity to narrate a story, woven with clues, signs and symbols that contribute to the final arc of the message: the visual as a tool for encouraging discussion.

Writing in any shape form or fashion is a passion of Nolan's.  A pop-culture obsessive, mood-dependent music would decorate the bedroom scene as she would go between intense journaling, writing fiction and chopping up magazines. Attacking her bedroom walls with floor-to-wall coverage of familiar faces, interesting shapes and bold colours from advertising campaigns, was an unconscious pursuit in occupying feelings of restlessness and loneliness.

 

Several years ago, Nolan stepped away from writing fiction and small personal essays inspired the current medium she uses today. An intersectional feminist worldview and a deep desire to truly understand what motivates people to do the things they do - she struggled to manicure her thoughts and eloquently articulate herself. Writing and rambling about the impact of opressive economics, power and privilege impact, felt moot. No one had access to her expression in written form, and discussion felt like some form of resolve or an active alternative to personal rumination.

In line with the philosophy of Grace Lee Boggs, she intends to incite radical change within systems that seek to elevate one group and oppress another, through action and dialogue inspired by imagery.