born in 1994 in Dublin, Ireland

lives and works in Newcastle, UK

My work takes inspiration from patterns related to water; marbling, disturbed reflections, melting and also from op art of the 1960s. My research focuses on Land Art and New Generation sculpture from the same decade, when artists started using new materials like fibreglass and plastic.

My work investigates patterns and the way pattern recognition is formed in the brain. Memory is formed by repeating the same synapse pattern over and over. When you aren’t sure if you recognise something your brain compares that visual information to everything it has stored to try to make sense of what you’re looking at. Irregular patterns interest me and I strive to create new forms and patterns in three dimensions, to face the viewer with the feeling of the unfamiliar.

At the moment I am drawn to unusual material combinations and I often combine plastic and ceramic. Strange combinations spark questions, making the viewer wonder why these materials have been brought together…

-do they complement each other?

-what are their physical properties?

(hard/soft, smooth/rough, porous/impermeable, light/heavy, wet/dry,

elastic/brittle, hot/cold, strong/weak)

-what do they have in common / what are their differences?

-where are they from/how are they made?

-what are they commonly used for?

-do they have a significant historical or cultural reference?

-how do they differ visually?

These questions about material and form drive my passion for sculpture.

Exhibitions

upcoming-

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

 

 

past-

August 2018 – MFA Interim Show, Newcastle University

 

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

 

February 2018 – DEEP, The Mining Institute, Newcastle

 

November 2017 – Nasty Women North East, Thought Foundation Gateshead

 

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

Residencies

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

Awards

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

I studied abroad for a semester at Pitzer College in California taking 3D printing, dark room photography and ceramics classes

 

2013 – 2014

Portfolio Preparation at Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Dublin

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