Born outside a medium sized rural town in Southern Ireland, I grew up with nature as my companion, an escape from a house full to bursting with brothers (Whom I love dearly). I spent many summers swimming in the lakes and all seasons walking by the canals and waterways, exploring woods, climbing trees and skipping through farmers fields (Sometimes procuring a veg or two to take home for dinner). I have always loved having the natural world around me, in many ways it fuels my creative spirit, makes me feel at peace. However, I am also avidly interested in new technologies and increasingly find myself frustrated by my love of tech and the damage it causes to our planet, the affects it seems to have on our social behaviour, and the how it seems to drive a wedge between peoples instead of bringing us closer together.
“The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what’s happening.”
George Orwell, 1984
I moved from Ireland to Wales in 2011 to begin my BA (Hons)Fine Art at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I graduated in June of 2015 with a 1st Class Honours; from that I won a scholarship to continue onto the Masters of Fine Art programme. Since completion I have relocated to another beautiful celtic part of the world, the very picturesque city of Perth, Scotland. Here too nature is awesome and abundent and you are never far from seclusion.
In a world that is increasingly distracted by trending technologies, I am hoping to create interstices that address and initiate dialogue about our tenuous but vital relationship to the natural world. I hope to do this though a series of personal projects and socially engaged art events that involve play, exploration and creativity. In parallel I want to explore my own relationship with the natural world whilst also examining my relationship to some of the trending technologies that our youth now use as their playgrounds and social clubs.
Further contemplation is required for my Artist Statement – there is one word in my statement that I value most and most relates to the heart of my practice – ‘Interstice’, in particular Social Interstices that are outside of the capitalist system. I want to develop my practice to create theses spaces where dialogue can happen freely and unperturbed. Where people ‘want’ to broach important topics without the fear of retribution. Where people feel safe to learn about each other.
‘The term interstice was used by Karl Marx to describe trading communities that escaped the framework of the capitalist economy: barter, selling at a loss, autarkic forms of production, and so on. An interstice is a space in social relations which, although it fits more or less harmoniously and openly into the overall system, suggests possibilities for exchanges other than those that prevail within the system. Exhibitions of contemporary art occupy precisely the same position within the field of the trade in representations. They create free spaces and periods of time whose rhythms are not the same as those that organize everyday life, and they encourage an inter-human intercourse which is different to the “zones of communication” that are forced upon us.’
Augmented Reality Business Cards
Many of my project have been focused on using play to initiate dialogue outside of the Gallery. This is why a lot of my business cards are treated with Augmented Reality. If you have a smart phone or tablet and you want to activate your card then follow this link for full instructions: Instructions for Augmentations
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