Fiona Kelly’s material practice manifests itself through sculpture, print and text based media. Her work often draws on the natural to pose questions on disposability and transience within contemporary land use.
In this presentation a field of multiple destructions, Kelly will introduce you to her material library of ply wood, waste concrete, dust, bitumen, cardboard and crushed glass. This library of foraged by-products are not only her materials, but also her subject matter, building a cyclical dialogue to explore this unsettled earth. Through ongoing collaborations with key material innovators, historians and geologists, Kelly explores how complex ecological systems are seen as resources to be exploited, and how mountains became overburden.
Fiona Kelly has been widely exhibited, current shows include Visions of an Unsettled Earth, Sirius Arts Centre; Stories from Lismore & Beyond, Lismore Castle Arts and Double Vision, IPEP, India. Solo shows include ‘Overburden’ Triskel, Cork; ‘The Dirt that Measures All Our Time’ Mermaid Arts Centre ‘The Great Heap’ Leitrim Sculpture Centre & at the Luan Gallery, Westmeath. Group shows
include ‘Mouth of a Shark’, Edinburgh Printmakers, UK, ‘Field Study’ The Auxiliary, UK; ‘Sustainable Futures’ Sirius, Cork; ‘The Dispersed Gallery’, MAW, UK & I Went to the Woods, the artist as wanderer, Glucksman, Cork.
Kelly has been awarded prestigious residencies at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre; The Burren College of Art; Art Students League of New York; BIAP Platform China. She is a European Pépinières Laurate, an accolade which enabled the production of her debut solo show ‘There Are Thousands of Taps Dripping’ at Ratamo Galleria, Finland in 2013. Recent notable accomplishments include the acquisition of work by the National Gallery of Ireland and publication in ArtReview.
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The National Sculpture Factory is a place of production; a place where artworks are always becoming, we are interested here not simply in the finished artworks themselves but the disparate origins of ideas that spur artists to make what they make.
Loquium is a new online lecture series looking at the materialised forms of sculptural practices and the knowledge they produce. We hope to delve into the differences in artistic material enquiry and its material possibilities. We look to develop a new vocabulary to engage in discourses around how these sculptural enquiries lead into unknowable territories and spaces of not knowing where often the artistic research is not separable from the art itself and how artists themselves bring new thinking into the world that is often beyond traditional academic understanding.