Ann Ensor & Louisa Casas—Matter Has No Destiny

25 Oct 2018 – 3 Nov 2018

Event times

Exhibition runs: Thursday 25th September – Saturday 3rd November
Gallery open: 12–6pm Thursday–Saturday

Cost of entry

Admission Free

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Matter Has No Destiny represents the related practices of the two artists, which delve into the immanent generativity of matter. The exhibition engenders physical and sensory dynamics through both sculptural and two dimensional pieces unified within an immersive sound installation by Ann Ensor.


Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Ann Ensor & Louisa Casas—Matter Has No Destiny the eleventh exhibition of our Artist-Initiated Projects programme.

‘...Matter is produced and productive, generated and generative. Matter is agentive, not a fixed essence or property of things.  Mattering is differentiating, and which differences come to matter, matter in iterative production of different differences…’

—excerpt from Meeting the Universe Half Way, Karen Barad 2007

Ann Ensor’s work explores a world of agential matter which is in continual flux and has no fixed destiny. Here bundles of trajectory lines flow and counterflow and form an immense living tissue. She considers the human as part of this biosphere of living tissue where porous boundaries interconnect to other forms at molecular levels. Ensor’s work considers what is meaningful to us as humans in our relationship to the universe. In referring to the Anthropocene, the work combines steam bent Oak and sound elements to juxtaposed technological and tree-like structures.
Ensor’s work in this exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of the Artists Support Scheme at Fingal Arts Council.

Louisa Casas extends traditional media of oil painting, mutating support materials into fragment-like pieces and integrating installations of organic and synthetic material to explore boundaries of matter and synthesis. A conversation of edges and side-to-side energies explores possibilities for flexibility, divergence and endurance while plays of shape figure cohesion and rhythm within the dynamic contingency of existence.

For the exhibition Matter Has No Destiny Ensor and Casas have invited Danny Kelly to write a text in response to their work. Copies of Kelly's text will be available at the gallery over the duration of the exhibition and by download from the link here


Ann Ensor has been awarded a Residency in 2019 by Ballinglen Arts Centre. Recent exhibitions include Heavy Weather at The Complex 2018, RHA Summer Show 2018, KFest 2018.  In 2017 she was a finalist in the R.D.S. Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, curated by Nick Miller. Ensor is a Graduate of NCAD and has received an MFA Degree (Dept. of Paint) and in 2015 - BA First Honours Degree in Fine Art (Dept. of Sculpture).

Louisa Casas’ practice is primarily that of a painter. A graduate of MFA paint NCAD her show Superficies was listed for the RDS Visual Arts Award (2017). Recent exhibitions include Heavy Weather at The Complex, Dublin (2018) and PeripheriesOpen Gorey School of Art (2017).

Danny Kelly is a painter based in Dublin. He will be showing work at DeAppendix in Dublin this October.

Artist Talk: Ann Ensor and Louisa Casas will be in conversation in response to their exhibition on Thursday 1st November 2018

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Ann Ensor

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