In my work I aim to build on and use elements of visual culture such as mass printed media and visual perception and interpretation, cross-referencing them with philosophy and human development. Using myself and my interpretation and understanding of the world as the departure point I aim to create work that is engaging, evocative and compelling.
The work is centred on the idea of identity, both collective and personal. I have been concerned predominantly with the formation of it within the wider context of an aggressive visual culture. I make the work firstly, to try to question and understand society, the belief structures and values that are contained within it, to create a dialogue between the viewer, their own values and experiences and to try and raise questions of the world in which they occupy playing on narrative, understanding and meaning. Issues such as emigration, religion, stereotyping, colonialism and conflict, amongst others, emerge from the visual dialogues.
I work in a variety of mediums and materials ranging from painting to print, sculpture and installation. I feel the materiality used in the production of the visual piece the experience of the viewer has major roles to play in how work is understood.
MA in Fine Art Printmaking from the University of the Arts London(2008)
BA in Fine Art(2007) Limerick School of Art and Design
Higher Diploma in Art and Design Education(2012), Limerick School of Art and Design