She received a Diploma in Sculpture ’94 , BFA ’95 from LSAD, Post grad cert in Psychology , NUI Maynooth ’09 and MFA – Art in The Digital World ,NCAD 2013. Her practice encompasses multi media installations ,photography, video, audio, mechanics, electronics and interactive devices. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in the The Freedman Gallery Albright College P.A USA ’14, The Estonian Academy of Arts Tallinn ’13, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Philadelphia ’12 and V&A MoC London ’11-’12. She is a freelance curator, project/ workshop facilitator and has been on the panel of Artists for the Arts Council of Ireland funded Artist-in-Prison residency programme since 2000. She has facilitated Artist-in-Schools programmes, Selected for the Art@Work residency programme, Joint-Arts initiative programme and TRADE International Residency Programme. She was the founding member of Art Lane Artists studios and is the Mid – Western Regional Representative for Artist Studio Network Ireland (ASNI). She has been awarded funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and Roscommon Co.Council.
My practice interweaves biographical narratives with hidden autobiographical observations/statements creating multi-layered works that bridge documentary and fiction.
My work draws on elements from the human psyche, creating fictional scenarios, while making parallels with realistic landscapes that are uncomfortably familiar. The work provokes reaction through use of reference, suggestion, symbolism, and the mixing of fantasy and reality. I have an interest in memory and fairytales ,their history, meaning and relevance in modern society. I am interested in narrative, how new meanings are formed through the act of remembering, retelling and engagement with the story.
My work focuses on perception and intended meaning, I frequently use immediate family members as models, creating what appear to be documentary snap shots, but in reality are carefully structured scenarios/stories. The aim of the work is to challenge, but also to engage the viewer, the work creates a sense of unease from which numerous meanings can be drawn.
My current practice explores object permanence, memory and objects, utilizing mechanics, electronics, audio and interactive devices to bring to life inanimate objects.