Roseanne Lynch
Eloquent Proof

Eloquent Proof is a play on the term ‘elegant proof’ used in a 2015 dialogue between Lynch and a research mathematician. From this Lynch saw the resemblance between how a mathematician and an artist describe their research practices, both driven by curiosity to find outcomes. The term ‘elegant proof’ describes a novel and refined resolving of an exact mathematical problem, while her play on words allows something searching, uncertain and references communication.

Lynch’s photographical architectural studies, made in early 20th century French modernist houses and the last working limestone quarry in Baux de Provence, are an exploration of her experience of space, rather than an account of the various sites. She approaches her work with the question ‘What could a photograph that I make here do?’ Whereas a mathematician looks for one true unyielding outcome, Lynch brings the viewer into a photographic enquiry of space and time, and presents a question with the photographic evidence of her bodily engagement with place.

Lynch also uses her photographical practice to bring something entirely new into existence with her photograms, images made using elements from the traditional photographic process, lenses and filters, to describe the trace that an illuminated object makes on light sensitive paper. The disassembling of the photographic process, both in her photograms and architectural studies, extends the scope of what is the photographical, and is an exploration of photography’s power as a structure of understanding.

Eloquent Proof consists of work made on large and medium format black and white film at Maison de Verre while on residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, The Camargo Foundation, Cassis where she was a Fellow and visited E.1027, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Villa Noailles, Hyères, and Carrière Sarragan, Baux de Provence and solarised photograms.


Roseanne Lynch is a visual artist who lives and works in Cork, Ireland. She is currently on a 2-year artist-in-residency at Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE).

Roseanne Lynch’s practice is situated within the conversation between photography and architecture. Her approach explores ambiguities within the implied space of the photographic image, as vision transforms into object, while the image holds its indexical link to the subject matter.

She is a lecturer at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork and CCAE. Roseanne is represented by Nag gallery, Dublin.