Art Form: Visual Art
Areas of Interest:
My general area of interest is social history and remembrance art which I express through my usual choice of medium: Encaustic, beeswax and resin. I am currently preparing to exhibit “A ballast full of hope” a solo show in the Market House Monaghan Town in May 2015. This body of work looks at emigration of famine orphans to Australia 1848-1850 and includes installation, print and paintings on this theme.
Outside of my own arts practice I am involved locally in community art and arts for arts sake projects, including the successful Monaghan Arts Network and ARTSLounge at the Hillgrove which is preparing for its inaugural event June 2015.
Based in Monaghan Ireland, I am a contemporary encaustic and mixed media artist who aims to portray the rough and the smooth of life by objectifying emotion, real or imagined, through my work using cannibalized encaustic collages, paintings, 3D works and encaustic hot wax monotypes in a way that is both intuitive and measured, much like the processes I incorporate into my working practice.
My subject matter is often varied and covers issues concerning Irish and social history, environment, politics, and micro biology. I attempt to explore ideas of growth and fragility, abandonment, forgiveness and reconciliation through my work and it is often linked thematically with emotive and biographical intent. I am currently exploring themes concerned with the exportation of young girls from the workhouses of Ireland as domestic servants and wives to Australia between 1848-1850 through installation paint and print.
I have to date exhibited in a number of successful group shows across Ireland and beyond. I have participated in many art led events including The Big Egg Hunt-Dublin, 2013. Pigs on Parade – Dublin 2015., and the Artist Shuffle in Salam Oregon and LA. I recently exhibited as part of an environmentally inspired contemporary art event by landfillart.org entitled “Second Time Around” at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia USA September 2014 – March 2015 and can be found on occasion at the Peoples Art on St . Stephen Green in Dublin Ireland.
With works held in private collections here in Ireland, the UK, USA and across Europe I work from my garden studio, lovingly called "This Little Studio" and teach encaustic technique workshops by request.
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