Island Life: Photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Jill Quigley

Born 1981, Inishowan, County Donegal

‘Certainly up until this point I have been using photography to explore my local environment and my own relationship with it, as well as addressing a wider issue of how the rural is perceived that I think is both familiar to Irish people, and in external representations of Ireland. ‘There is the desire to disrupt imagery of something familiar that doesn’t correspond to your own experience of it.’

Quigley grew up on a dairy farm which may have coloured her need to bust clichés about Ireland. After studying art history she took an MFA in photography at University of Ulster. The Cottages of Quigley Point deliberately disrupt romanticised ideas of Irish rural life. The unexpected injection of vivid colour is continued in her Rural Fluorescent series.