b. 1980, Kerry, Ireland
2010–12 MA (with Distinction) Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast
2000–04 BA (with Distinction) Fine Art, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland
2013 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, The New School House Gallery, York
2013 Household Festival, Southbank Playhouse, Belfast
2013 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2013 Aesthetica Art Prize, York St Mary’s, York
2013 This Must Be The Place, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
2012 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2012 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London
2012 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial
2012 Line Of Scrimmage, University of Ulster, Belfast
2011 Film Screening, Blackbox, Belfast
2011 EVERYONETHING, Platform Arts, Belfast
2010 Station Project 3, Former RUC Station, Queen Street, Belfast
SIAP Arts Council NI 2013
Longlisted for The Aesthetica Art Prize 2013
Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2013
The work that I am currently producing sits somewhere between lens-based contemporary art and documentary filmmaking. I am interested in sites that are historically charged or once were. I am interested in the representation of history. I investigate these sites and histories by trawling through documents, photographs and film. I also engage with the contemporary sites recording their current state on video. From the outset a critical framework is somewhat guided by Rancierian ideas of equality between artist and viewer. Not in the sense of the oppressed striving for freedom but in the sense of taking equality as a starting point, a given. Documentary filmmaking and research strategies are commonly appropriated in my work.
Many of the sites that I am interested in are in transition in terms of how they were once used and how they are now used. From temporary “guest” housing to “social” residential housing, military to commercial and so on. What develops is an investigation into what is then being concealed or revealed in the landscape. My work explores the slippage between these different positions and considers issues regarding memory while refusing to represent the spectacular, the iconic.
I am an Irish artist born in Kerry. I completed a BA in Fine Art with Distinction at the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2004 and an MFA with Distinction at the University of Ulster in Belfast in 2012. I am currently based between Munich and Belfast.