I am a part time tutor with the learning support unit in Limerick School of Art and Design. I also volunteer in Adapt House women’s refuge in Limerick city. The core concept behind my work
derives from trauma and coercion associated with domestic abuse, aiming to move exploitation out of its taboo area and open it up to an area of discourse. I work with the belief that space has the ability to absorb events, traumatic or otherwise and with each onslaught of such an event, that space is changed permanently. In particular my focus has been on the domestic space and the hidden traumas within. My work attempts to create a thoughtful dialogue through careful re-fashioning of materials, a selective use of colour and a combination of light to draw the viewer into this disturbing domestic circumference. .
My pieces become hybrid objects through their mish mash of domestic memoirs that transcend into the surrounding space. Their painted surfaces are unfinished; exposed; interrupted and allude to a hypocrisy hidden beneath a falsehood of perfection. Diegesis is commonly defined in film and literature as the telling of a story by a narrator, a summarization of the plot, it is the environment in which those narrated themes are played out. My practice employs this theory in the creation of work that challenges the viewer’s perception by alluding to the untold stories hidden within the domestic sphere
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
The hardest challenge for me is my ongoing battle with anxiety. It’s something I have to face head on every day. The next challenge is financial, it is really difficult to survive as an artist especially since my work is not commercial. But the underlying message in my work trump’s monetary gain. Also I live in a rural area and while I do have a studio out back I am still isolated from other artists and therefore there is no peer feedback.
What inspires you most about the county in which you live?
Unfortunately the thing that inspires me most derives from Ireland’s dark past where women / unmarried mother’s were treated horrendously. For me Ireland has let down it’s female population and so sadly my inspiration is soaked in negativity but I do try and expose this in my work by opening up areas of taboo for discussion.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Don’t fall into the trap of self doubt. If your work is honest then persevere, work hard and of course play hard, it’s important artists have down time because as well as the physical we inject alot emotionally into the work and that can lead to exhaustion.
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