‘Fiddle icons confidential’: the making of a portrait

Nicoel Murray

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In Australia in 2012 I created a series of portraits of influential traditional fiddle players, entitled Fiddle Icons, which was shown in Derry City as part of the 2012 NAFCo, the first significant exhibition for this growing collection. The seven works in oils and six sepia sketches were the beginning of an ongoing project, in which stills from video interviews provide the inception of portraiture. The work is documented in a blog, which includes
interview transcriptions and images. A book of portraits and interview transcriptions is planned, in order to create an insight into the fiddle landscape in which we are currently living. This paper discusses the inspiration for the project, the process developed for interviewing the subjects and producing the work, the symbolic language used to express their achievements and personalities, the art theory underpinning the work, and future plans for the collection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÓn gCos go Cluas
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dancing to Listening
EditorsLiz Doherty, Fintan Vallely
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-1-85752-073-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference - Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 20121 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameFiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5


ConferenceNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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