mergeemerge | Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney at Mermaid Arts Centre


mergeemerge | Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney at Mermaid Arts Centre Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/05/2022 - 18/06/2022

Mermaid Arts Centre





mergeemerge: A Collaborative Drawing Project by Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney 2016-2021.

This project began as a purely visual conversation by way of a series of small drawings posted back and forth between two artists. What emerged from this silent contemplation is a grand expression of the convergences and divergences in the work of Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney.

After meeting during a Residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, their collaboration began in 2016 in response to the shared similarities of their work. As the collaboration has evolved over five years, the tensions arising from the differences in their approaches to drawing have come to energise their work. Taking cues from patterns and forms from science and the natural world, they passed drawings back and forth, adding a part-drawing to each one sequentially.

Their joint drawings grew organically until each one reached its conclusion. What has emerged from their combined memory, intuition and imagination are intertwined otherworlds…worlds which speak of the minutiae, connectivity and slowness.

This project has been kindly funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Wicklow County Council Ards and North Down Borough Council and supported by Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo and Outpost Studios Residency Programme, Co. Wicklow.

The exhibition runs from 9th May – 18th June
Monday – Saturday 11am – 4pm daily

Artist Biographies
Northern Irish visual artist/retired veterinary surgeon Dr Michael Geddis specialises in very finely detailed drawing. He delights in the elegance of natural forms/patterns and finds microscopic structures particularly inspirational for his intuitive work. His degree show (2013) drew acclaim at national level (James White Prize for Drawing at the RDS’s Annual Student Awards).

Since then, his practice has developed steadily through several awarded artist residencies/bursaries, collaborations with other artists and a series of Arts Council Lottery Funded projects. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art and Ulster University.

He has exhibited widely across Ireland as well as Finland, Sweden, London and Washington DC. Geddis has been awarded the Royal Ulster Academy’s Drawing Prize (2019) and the Anna Cheyne Biennial Award (2017).

Joanna Kidney is an Irish Visual Artist. Her practice considers the sensory, temporal, interconnected and holistic aspects of being human. It is concerned with the non-material, that which is not visible and concrete. Using a language of abstraction, her work is an enquiry of the mark and the line through drawing, painting and physical space..

Selected Solo Exhibitions include: List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (forthcoming), The LAB, Dublin (forthcoming), West Cork Arts Centre, Uillinn (2018), Galway Arts Centre (2016), Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2015) and RHA Atrium, Dublin (2013). She has exhibited widely in group shows in Ireland, France, Germany and the USA.

She is the recipient of a William J. Cooper Foundation Grant (USA); Arts Council of Ireland and Wicklow County Council funding; an RHA Studio Award; a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship and a DIT Award of Excellence. International residencies include Swarthmore College, Philadelphia (upcoming), Kiðjaberg, Iceland and Brigham Young University, Utah

Her collaborative practice includes mergeemerge, a collaborative drawing project with Michael Geddis (2016-to date); Place|Lab Collective, 18 artists from USA, UK and Ireland (2019- to date); Skimming Stones, a collaborative video work with dance artist Liadain Herriott (2015-2016); Hexagon, a collaborative printmaking project in Cork Printmakers, Cork (2014) and The Tellurometer Project, a collaborative collective of 8 Irish artist. She is a founding member of Outpost Artists Studios, Bray, Co. Wicklow (2014).

Her work is in the collections of Allied Irish Banks; The Ballinglen Museum of Art; The Central Bank of Ireland; Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland; Fleschmann Hilliard PR; Lee Hotels; O’Connor Sutton Cronin Engineering; Office of Public Works, Ireland; University College Dublin. Private collections in Ireland, USA, UK, Spain, France.


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