My practice is cultivated through a manifestation of my own social awkwardness, struggles and anxieties I associate with identifying myself as a professional artist within a professional setting. Taking this as a fundamental driving force and a constant background hum, my energies and curiosities are drawn on attempting to develop and explore the possibilities of what can happen in particular spaces when confronted with experiences, objects, images and actions. The practice is shaped and born out of my own experiences and memories associated with growing up in the rural backdrop of Co. Kerry in contrast to the reality of my present day Belfast city dwellings and lifestyle.
The practice explores ideas of Painting, Sculpture and Performance with each medium informing the other to activate a progressive change in the direction and position of the work. This method of working is an attempt to keep my thought process fresh and helps me to reject any complacency in the work’s development. Physically and conceptually the work switches positions back and forth both consciously and unconsciously feeding and bouncing off its own actions and creations. The practice often functions on self-referential scrutiny, creating a kind of paranoid and self- conscious landscape in which for the work to realize itself, it makes the activity of steering the practice itself the subject that is being explored.
The reoccurring relationships, patterns and themes that dominate the practice and continue to excite me as an artist are the functionality of objects and images in different spaces and the role of language and identity within this framework. The position of the individual as both a participant and a viewer to the work plays a key role in both the establishment and functioning of a narrative to be explored.
My curiosities and challenges focus on the question of how and where the work exists and functions inside and outside of the studio space. I am interested in the studio functioning primarily and conventionally as a professional space; but how this function can become blurred through the natural happenings and activities within the space itself interests me in the formation of narrative. This narrative is something explored in my most recent work with video.
Taking these working methods and themes, as departure points, such ideas as humor, personality, ego and ‘the familiar’ are both tools and reference points that influence and shape my working process. I would describe the practice as having a playful approach in its pursuit and attempts to communicate. It’s fair to say that the practice is an extension of my own uncomfortable and often cynical relationship to the art world. I find the only way to approach and embrace my skeptic ways without becoming a bitter recluse is through humor.
As an artist, creating new patterns to reconstruct old concerns is where my goal lies in terms of working processes and self- development. Through practicing this intrinsic working value, I aim to generate a fulfilling and enriched conversation amongst my professional peers, my farmer parents, neighbors and unknown strangers. Through partaking and collecting these conversations and experiences, I strive to make challenging and engaging work that will shape, contribute to and represent the landscape of contemporary Irish art.