Blood Atlass VI, ,Ink on Canvas. : Photo : Helena Tobin
Hougoumont (closing the gate) ink on found print, framed, 90x111cm 2023
Visual Artist and Writer in the fields of Visual Culture, Performance Studies, Human-Animal Cultural Studies, the History of Art and Contemporary Art Theory and Studio Practice.
Committed to ongoing original research at the intersections of visual culture and performance, bio-politics, cultural anthropology, posthumanism, performance philosophy and creative arts and performance practices.
Studio practice includes Irish and international Solo and Selected group exhibitions, major Public sculpture Commissions, commissioned Exhibitions and installations, projects in Arts in the Community, Arts in Healthcare, supported by local authorities, the Arts Council and Culture Ireland and Private Collections.
2023 Imperial Lunatic, 24hr Live Art Performance, STAC Chapel
2023 Some signs are secret, some manifest, South Tipperary Arts Centre
2020 Hypercarbon, The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co.Tipperary
2018 Vesper, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
2008 Lammermoor, Butler Gallery of Contemporary Art,
2007 The Force of Destiny, David Cunningham Projects,
San Francisco, California.
2007 Virtuoso, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA.
2005 Ape Opera House, ESB Power House Cork.
Commissioned by Cork European City of Culture
2002 Virtuoso, Project, Dublin, Ireland.
Commissioned by International Dance Festival Ireland
2000 Idyll, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
1997 Oración de la Santa Muerte, Delfina Studios Trust, Manilva, Spain
1994 New Work, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, County Cork.
1993 Austin McQuinn, Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
1991 Occupied Territories, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2017 One off, Curated exhibition Bankside Gallery, London
2011 Three Colours:Red, SOMA, Waterford
2010 Dust in the Air Suspended, South Tipperary County Museum
2010 Inner Lives, Town Hall Gallery, Macroom, Cork
2009 Jigsawmentalama, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco
2009 Café Carte Blanche, Junction Festival, Clonmel, Tipperary
2009 Mapping the Island, XL Atrium, Hobart, Tasmania
2007 Animal Rites, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, California
2007 An Other Place, Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart, Tasmania
2005 Locale, Gurteen Agricultural College, Nenagh
2003 Dearcadh /Visionaries of 1798- 1803, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.
2003 +system, International Short Video, BizArt Art Centre, Shanghai
2003 6x6 for Ireland, Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
2002 The Print Show, South Tipperary Arts Centre,
1999 EV+A 99 City Gallery, Limerick, Ireland.
The Sky Chair, Project@ the Mint, Dublin, Ireland
1995 Compulsive Objects, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1994 Young European Painters, Hangarm Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1992 LEurope Dart D’art, Niort, France
1991 Cork Artists Collective, Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland.
1990 Victor Treacy Award Exhibition, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle.
2010 Hearts of Kind and Kin, Cork University Hospital, HSE.
2005 The Session, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2000 MoDomnoc, Piltown/Fiddown, County Kilkenny.
1998 Evolution, Three Bullet Gate, New Ross, County Wexford.
1995 Undertow, The Pier, Dingle, County Kerry.
1994 Axis, Courthouse Square, Maynooth, County Kildare.
1992 Natural Histories, Blessington Street Basin, Broadstone, Dublin,
Awards and residencies:
2022 Bursary, The Arts Council
2021 Agility Award, The Arts Council
2008 South Tipperary County Council Artists Award
2007 Multi-annual Bursary, The Arts Council
2006 The AIB Prize, finalist
2000 Irish Artist-in Residence, World Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany
Artflight Award, Arts Council/Aer Lingus
Arts Council/Artists-in Schools Residency
1997 The Delfina Studios Trust, Manilva, Spain
1995 Bursary in Visual Arts, The Arts Council
Materials Grant, The Arts Council
1992 The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig, County Monaghan
1991 Artist in Residence, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion
The Delfina Studios Trust, London
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerring
Kildare County Council
Kerry County Council
Kilkenny County Council
Private Collections in Ireland, UK, UAE and USA
Conferences, essays, papers:
Book Publication Essays;
2018 ‘Becoming Enth: The Immensity of the Intimate in the work of Bernadette Cotter.’ Published by Limerick City Gallery of Art.
2018 ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Mermaid: Alice Maher and Hydrofeminism’
Published by the Source Arts Centre, Thurles.
2015 University of Sheffield,
Animal Machines: Animals and/as Technology. (Delegate)
2014 Roehampton University London, Animal Encounters (Delegate)
2013 Cambridge University, UK . (Speaker)
International Society for Anthrozoology
Title: “Other voices; nonhuman acoustics in performance”
2013 Leeds University, UK. (Speaker)
Performance Studies international
Title “Downloading a Swan: Animal rendition in technoculture”
2012 Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK.
Cosmopolitan Animals. (Delegate)
2011 University College London. Animal Ecologies (Delegate)
Performance Philosophy (University of Surrey)
Performance Studies international
The Live Art Development Agency, London
The National Sculpture Factory Cork (former Board member)
The Butler Gallery of Contemporary Art Kilkenny (former Board member)
Visual Artists Ireland
PhD, Thesis-led Doctorate in Performance and Visual Cultures
University of Roehampton London, 2016
Thesis title: ‘Acoustic Creatures: Human and animal entanglements in performance’.
Professor Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, Head of Dept, Performance Studies,
University of Roehampton, London.
Professor Garry Marvin, Cultural Anthropologist, Dept of Life Sciences,
University of Roehampton, London.
Steve Baker, Professor Emeritus of Art History School of Humanities
University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr PA Skantze,
Reader in Performance Practices, University of Roehampton, London
Informed by the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Mladen Dolar, and Donna Haraway my thesis specifically questioned the forms and functions of animal acoustics in arts and performance practices where, I argued, the ‘animal’ voice functions as a porous, resonant medium of becoming and immanence, a conduit of both similarity and difference, and a means of unsettling human exceptionalism in a time of urgent re-evaluation of interspecies relations. I questioned what is at stake in human-animal histories, becomings and cultural expressions of interspecies pasts and futures, by artists, in our time. This theory-led thesis interrogated the material and symbolic presences of animalities in contemporary and historical visual culture: in the languages and forms of theatre and opera, in formal language of the life sciences and narratives of cultural anthropology and primatology, in live performance art, sculptural installation, film and visual art.
1989 BA Fine Art, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork
1985 Foundation, Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design
1998-2013, Waterford Institute of Technology,
Assistant Lecturer, Dept of Creative and Performing Arts
2016 -2018, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Associate Lecturer, Dept of Visual Cultures.