Generator Artist Profile
I am a freelance visual artist/educator from Bray, Co. Wicklow. I have studied art, craft and design for over 17 years at BIFE, NCAD, The Ceramics Skills and Design Course run by DCCOI and I have a Masters in Ceramics from University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Previously, I won the “Innovation Award” and the "Future Makers Award" at the Future Makers competition organised by the DCCOI and was placed second in the RDS Craft Competition. I have been in over 20 exhibitions in Ireland Seattle and Wales.
I work from home at the moment and will hopefully move into my newly built studio in the comming months. My most recent exhibitions include 3 solo exhibitions: Scratching The Surface, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Plastered Ranalagh Arts Centre, Three Strands at the watergarden Gallery Kilkenny and other group exhibitions: Shape The Future at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ceramics Ireland Selected Exhibition at the Pearse Gallery, Dublin and The Leitrim Sculpture Centre Christmas Exhibition.
Education is a big part of my practice, I believe it keeps my ideas and style fresh and iI enjoy the social aspect of it too. I freelance spasific art projects in schools, with communitty and youth groups and with adults.
Some of these funding parties include the Design and Craft Council of Ireland, Leitrim County Council, Department of Education and Skills and Creative Ireland.
There are three primary strands within my practice: experimental sculptures, expressionist ceramics and modern frescos. Each strand influences and encourages the next, therefore they subconsciously evolve together.
I take inspiration from nature and weathered man-made objects that I find. Focusing on the minor details. I constantly gather images on adventures around the countryside, photographing the intense colours and compositions of nature and the many old, dilapidated farmsteads of Leitrim and Roscommon. Images like these are the research that informs my work. The craft skills I have learned help me to expose the materials I work with to reveal their unique properties and beauty. This includes form, texture and colour vibrancy. I am focusing on subjects that greatly influence me such as irish history, culture and folklore.