RCSI Art Committee Commission of a Series of Portraits from The Winner of the RCSI Art Award 2018.
A collaboration between photographer Amelia Stein and 9 leading members of the Academic Staff of RCSI.
This body of work portrays Staff who have achieved the distinction of Professor, Dean or Director at RCSI campus, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland .
These contemporary photographic portraits, undertaken in 2019, are of 9 Women. Leaders in their particular fields of expertise and excellence and are a continuation of the #WomenonWalls.
The Portraits constitute the drive towards redressing the Gender Balance initiated by the inaugural “Women on Walls”, the installation of a series of posthumous painted portraits of Women in 2018.
Each Woman photographed holds a particular chosen object which defines/ indicates their individual area of Expertise. The portraits were made in the Historic BoardRoom of RCSI, 123 St Stephens Green, under the watchful eyes of the Women in the posthumous Painted Portraits.
Emboldening the spirit of the mantra, “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See “.
A preliminary conversation with each of the subjects chosen for the Portrait Commission was the starting point for this body of work.
To establish a level of understanding and trust between myself the photographer and these 9 remarkable, formidable women on the staff of RCSI. There needed to be complicity between the person being photographed and the photographer, in this instance the fact that we were all women was to our advantage .It was a learning curve for all 10 of us. There were the inevitable discussions how we as women are perceived and of how to portray the very best possible and accurate versions of ourselves as women in our chosen professions in 2019. Many interesting conversations and discussions ensued between us before the process of making the work was commenced .
My hope was that each person would be satisfied with their individual portraits, and that as a body of work the individual images would capture a moment in time in the history of RCSI.