Critical Writing

Words by Constance:

Artist In Society - Constance considers key aspects of her career.

What Other People have written about Constance:

Extended Pieces:

2003; Grant Watson; The Whole Nine Yards Catalogue Essay
Medb Ruane; Catalogue Essay, Jumpiní The Border, SOHO 20, Broome St. New
                                   York, 1996 (Gallery now moved to Chelsea)
                                   There are several images in the Gallery from this exhibition

In Brief:

The work of Constance Short has investigated ideas concerning the political nature of art making and the aesthetic function of the artists, since the nineteen sixties. Her involvement and collaboration with other artists have had significant historical repercussions in the process of evolving a more open society, wherein the arts could function not as decoration, but as an integral element of social change.
Ciaran Bennett, Member of the International association of art critics, writer, curator and cultural commentator - 2005
Ciaran Bennett is writing a book on Constance Short

Constance Short isn't governed by conventional norms, and creates compelling perspectives. As an artist, campaigner, and commentator, Constance's work embodies a deep seated spirit of exploration and ingenuity which is combined with an invigorating openness and honesty.
Partner: Programmes & Projects - The Art Projects Network
Curator: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios 2005

"Constance Short's work as an artist mirrors her priorities as a person. She is committed to her work and to the message contained within. Not for her the easy life of introspection and vain musings; rather, her voice is straight and forthright, and is committed to paper and canvas with skill, abandon and joy. Louth County Council is proud to have a number of her pieces in the County Council's Art Collection." 2005

The Cross Border Centre for Community Development at Dundalk Institute of Technology is delighted to be associated with Constance Short's exhibition - the Whole Nine Yards, a piece of work which represented very graphically, identities of borders for a border community. In
purchasing some of the work we note that the pieces of art make a real connection with community practitioners and other visitors to the Centre 2005

Constance Short work has an energy and directness that beguiles the expected art speak and reveals truth. She makes the personal political and the person political - 2005
Michael Dempsey, Director of Visual Arts, Galway Arts Centre