Caoimhe Kilfeather’s work is predominantly sculptural and often generated through a combination of experimental and intuitive processes in the studio alongside more directed research and reading. The histories and legacies of vernacular architecture, humankind’s’ ritualistic tendencies as well as the impact and imprint of landscape on human subjectivity are subject matters which inform her work. Photographs often provide a context or orientation for the viewing of sculptural work.
Exhibitions sometimes take the form of an environment – with the creation of a ‘new place’. Such installations have a reflective presence; they are sparsely appointed with crafted objects that are charged with thoughts, memories, and other associations. These objects can behave like facsimiles of ‘real life’: things as well as art objects in and of themselves. In this way the installation might feel simultaneously like two separate places – one ‘real’ and another imagined.
Kilfeather employs processes as diverse as weaving, casting, carving and photography and materials as wide ranging as glass, bronze, iron, plaster, paper, silk, wood, and coal. This broad range of materials and processes is reflective of the world to which the work is addressed and derived from.
Kilfeather teaches on the Sculpture and Combined Media programme in the Limerick School of Art and Design. She is based in Dublin.