born in 1994 in Dublin, Ireland

lives and works in Newcastle, UK

co-founder of The Spaghetti Factory with Eve Cromwell 
-The Spaghetti Factory is a curatorial duo which began as a series of exhibitions in our house in Central Newcastle. It’s now a satellite project, collaborating with existing spaces (including BALTIC 39, Middlesbrough Art Weekender, GOLDTAPPED, System Gallery) to programme workshops and exhibitions. We’re currently working with Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to curate three exhibitions (I, II) between October 2019 and May 2020. The Spaghetti Factory aims to support early career artists and to show a range of experimental work. 

2019/2020 curatorial fellow at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens for Sunderland Culture

studio holder and member of The Collective Studio 2019-2020 at NewBridge Projects

part of the 2019/2020 Programme Committee at Newbridge

I’ve started thinking about the sculptures I make as pattern machines – experimentation between surface, space and colour.  The idea of creating new patterns is something that excites me. In my 2019 MFA work I used three different shaped mirrored forms to disturb the image of colourful stripes underneath them. The spatial distortion of striped lines which changed as you walk around them, mean that the work has movement through audience interaction. My hope for these sculptures is that they directly engage the optical nervous system of the viewer and cause them to question their perception of depth and line. The patterns created in this work are new, made through selection of colour, form and reflection/distortion. 

The process between 2D and 3D is interesting to me, the way that a 2D image of our 3D environment is projected onto the retina and is built back up into a 3D representation of the world by the brain. I sometimes like to take the patterns made in my sculptures and bring them back into 2D through photography, print and painting. 

How we experience shape and colour is a key theme in my practice. Throughout my MA I researched neuroaesthetics and learned about visual processing, how the visual scenes we perceive are first split up by the brain into separate visual elements like colour, scale, orientation and contrast edges. For example, there are groups of cells in the occipital cortex at the back of the brain that only handle colour and groups that only handle motion. Once all these separate features are processed, they are put back together and understood at higher levels of processing (it only takes one fifth of a second to see and recognise something) I like to encourage audience involvement by manipulating this modular way the eyes and brain process vision. Understanding the way people perceive visual scenes better informs the creation of my work.

I’m also interested in minimalism and minimalist theory, which marked a shift in art from object to experience. One of my big research questions is: considering the modular way the brain processes visual scenes, can minimalism promote a more direct visual experience? Colour has already been shown to be the visual element that is processed the fastest. Another question for me is can abstract art be good for your brain? Exposure to unfamiliar visual stimuli creates new associations which are formed as neural pathways. More hypotheses about the visual scene are generated, which leads to an increased neural involvement. This is likely to be beneficial for cognitive growth. 

 



Exhibitions

March 13th – April 4th 2020 – The Collective Studio, Scramble at Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough

January 25th – February 2nd 2020 – The Spaghetti Factory Presents… US at 36 Lime Street with Evelyn Cromwell 

September 26th – 29th 2019 – Middlesbrough Art Weekender North East Open Call at Albert Road, Middlesbrough

September 5th – 10th 2019 – Manner of Flying, System Gallery, Newcastle

August 23rd – September 7th 2019 – MFA Degree Show, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

June 24th – July 6th 2019 – NCL/LDN, exhibition with staff and students from St. Martins, Long Gallery & XL Gallery, Newcastle 

July 4th – 11th 2019 – Spaghetti Factory guest curators for FOURPACK exhibition at System Gallery, Newcastle 

May 18th 2019 – Spaghetti Factory takeover and pasta workshop at GOLDTAPPED in NewBridge Projects as part of The Late Shows 2019

April 17th 2019 – Pasta making workshop at BALTIC 39 as part of Ways of Learning

​March 25th – 31st 2019 – Fine Art MFA Exhibition, Long Gallery, Newcastle University 

February 20th – 2019 MFA Interim Show, Assembly Rooms, Newcastle

February 2019 – UK Young Artists City Takeover, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

August 2018 – MFA (halfway point) Degree Show, Newcastle University

May 2018 – North East Young Sculptors of The Year, Cheeseburn Sculpture Park

March 2018 – W/O at Vane, Newcastle 

February 2018 – DEEP, The Mining Institute, Newcastle

November 2017 – Nasty Women North East, Thought Foundation, Birtley

October 2017 – FRESH, The British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke

July 2017 – New Designers, The Business Design Centre, London

June 2017 – Glass & Ceramics Degree Show, The National Glass Centre, Sunderland

June 2016 – Immersion, The Grove House, Claremont, California, USA


Awards

2019 – Eaton Fund for Artists

2019 – Iland Research & Travel Scholarship 

2019 – Bartlett Research & Travel Scholarship

2017 – Mike Davies Innovation Scholarship

2017 – Forshaw Bursary

2017 – Shortlisted for North East Young Sculptor of The Year

Education

2017 – 2019 – Fine Art MA at Newcastle University

2014 – 2017 – Glass and Ceramics BA at University of Sunderland in The National Glass Centre

Spring 2016 – Semester at Pitzer College in California 

2013 – 2014 – Portfolio Preparation at Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Dublin

Lectures

March 4th 2019  – Explore Group, Ampersand Inventions, Newcastle

February 17th 2019 – BA Fine Art, Newcastle College

November 29th 2017 – BA Fine Art, Newcastle College 


Publications 


December 2019 – Visual Artists’ News Sheet, pg 24, review of Middlesbrough Art Weekender

March 2018 – Ochre Press Arts Journal, Issue 2, Sculpt 

Residencies

August 2017 – studio residency at AlmadiART Silicate Centre, Budapest, Hungary

Industry Experience

Studio Placement with Patricia Mato-Mora at The Joan Miro Foundation – February 2017

Arts Facilitator at The Electric Picnic – September 2015

British Ceramics Biennale Invigilator – October 2015

Ceramics Instructor at Hardwick Festival – August 2015

Intern at North Tyneside Art Studio – summer 2015

Gallery Sales Assistant at The Kevin Sharkey Gallery & Studios – March – June 2014

Ceramics, Glass and Fabric Arts Teacher at Camp Medolark – summer 2013 and 2014

Ceramics Instructor at Artworks Cafe – July 2011 – September 2012




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