Talbot Studios are delighted to announce that Emma McKeagney is the recipient of the Most Promising Graduate Award 2017. McKeagney recently graduated from IADT. As the winner of the award she will receive a studio for a year at Talbot Studios she will join the eleven other members at Talbot Studios.
McKeagney works closely with material processes to create bodies of work which incorporate the idea that a process is made up of not only the artist but the material they use and the impending idea of exhibiting. Her concerns are that of respecting all matter, and to utilise materials that can return to the churning expanse of earthly matter without causing substantial harm.
The work in the last few months leading to her grad show looked at how she could harness locally sourced clay and allow the refining process to become part of the final artworks. The corresponding materials used were mostly steel and glass which can be re-assembled and re-appropriated.
Mc Keagney would like to continue this idea throughout her practice experimenting with bio-materials such as mycelium and cellulose which have started to take hold in the design world as alternatives for plastics and packaging. She would like to challenge the presumption that artists create as sole individuals, crafting matter as they wish it to be, McKeagney would rather like to work towards a symbiotic relationship with materials, being more of a catalyst for certain processes rather than a ‘master’ of materials.