Domnick Sorace

BitterSweet On The Tongue

Domnick Sorace


01 February - 06 February


BitterSweet on the Tongue is Domnick Sorace’s first solo exhibition In Dublin. Presenting a series of large photographs of the work revolves around identifying universal feelings of desire and loss, the spectrum that exists between them, and their union. 

BitterSweet on the Tongue developed naturally within the span of a year, by capturing images within personal environments and of people close to the artist, grouped together due to their common mood and tension; wanting something back that is lost, or close.. but yet not close enough. The photographs have similar elements of subtle lighting, toned down colours, and a safe distance between them and the viewer. Together they produce a guarded atmosphere acting as a defence to their vulnerability, honesty and confrontation. Their tension and duality were further enhanced by later joining the various images into diptychs, creating a dialogue between them through their opposition. The relationship between the diptychs creates ambiguity, and gains importance as it allows room for the viewers personal experiences to come into play.


Domnick Sorace was born in 1994, Reggio Calabria, Italy, raised between Italy and Malta. He graduated in 2017 with a B.A. First Class (Honours) Degree in Fine Arts from MCAST Institute of Creative Arts, Malta. In the same year he moved to Ireland, where he is currently based as a studio member at The Complex Arts Centre, Dublin. He has exhibited in Malta, Brussels, and recently completed a residency at VISUAL Centre of Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland. 


The foundation of Dominick Sorace’s work comes from personal experiences which are processed and stripped down to basic components. This creates the potential for the viewer to project their own emotions and memories (or lack thereof) onto the work. The images become a catalyst for exploring the shared human experience. Sorace’s practice is conceptually lead, exploring the themes of human concerns such as identity, sexuality, memory and loss, through a simple and clean aesthetic.


The artworks often result in contradicting atmospheres of intimacy and separation, and intentional ambiguity to allow space for an opportunity of connection and closure.