born in 1994 in Dublin, Ireland

lives and works in Newcastle, UK

​The way a 2D image is projected onto the retina and is built up into a 3D representation of the world by the brain fascinates me. I have been researching the science of perception and optical illusions and this has prompted questions for me into the interpretation of depth. Understanding the way people perceive visual scenes is invaluable because it better informs the creation of my work.

On the lowest levels of processing, visual elements like colour, scale, orientation and contrast edges are split up. There are groups of cells that only process colour and groups that only process motion and once all the separate features are processed, they are put back together and understood at higher levels of processing. Because of the way the brain immediately processes visual scenes in this modular way, considering one or two elements in isolation can promote a more direct aesthetic experience. This is why I use strong line, colour and pattern in my sculpture. I’m particularly interested in audience involvement, not by physical touch, but by manipulating the modular way the eyes and brain process vision.

I’m happy to talk and open to collaborations.

 

co-founder/curator at https://www.instagram.com/spaghetto_factoro/

 

Exhibitions 

 

upcoming-

 

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

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

August 23rd 2019 – MFA Degree Show, Newcastle University

 

past-

 

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 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 – 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

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

 

 

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 

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