Lithuanian artist and illustrator Egle Zvirblyte has teamed up with Dublin gallery Hen’s Teeth to produce a vibrant, large-scale installation series for Inis Oírr, a small island off Ireland’s west coast. The six installation works were created for Drop Everything, an annual contemporary cultural biennale, and will be installed until 1 June for the public to see.
Inspired by the tiny island’s local traditions, people and their stories, Egle has crafted half a dozen individual artworks using her distinctly bold colour palette and shapely outlines. Each piece features lively characters interacting, playing the flute or squeezing into a pair of boots. Egle also drew on the tales told about the famous 1960 shipwreck of cargo vessel The Plassey and based her characters around the incident. Some figures can be seen drinking whiskey or running away with their loot — which, in this instance, includes a giant rubber duck and a towel.
Egle Zvirblyte states: “I wanted to inhabit the island with bonkers characters that stem from the mythology of the place, that were born and bred by the stories of the locals and the natural setting of Inis Oírr. Hopefully these new inhabitants will add to the island’s narrative and become protagonists of new tales to be passed on!”
It seems that 2018 has been a busy year for Egle, who illustrated the identity for restaurant Gogo Daddy only a month ago.