Margaret works with installation and sculpture using a variety of materials and methodologies including electrical currents, live sound, light, moving image, and kinetics. Her approach is not prescriptive, and involves an experimental use of materials that disturb a pre-existing or familiar relationship to the object. With strong sensitivities to site and context, She develops immersive installation as a means of connecting materially, physically and psychologically to a space, whilst challenging passive modes of viewing. She draws on the physical and psychological relationship of the self or viewer to the environment and manipulates the psyche in an immediate, involuntary response to the work.

The precarious nature of many of the works presents a real risk of failure or breakdown, situating them in an insecure and uncertain space through their very manufacture. This is a critical space in her research and practice that the work occupies intentionally. Here, she is interested in the in-between-ness of things: slippages of time, language or understanding between one moment and another, between one person and another; and reflexivity and the indeterminate nature of psychological and emotional experiences. Within this, the nature of art as an experience that is changing and unfixed rather than finite and permanent is also explored.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2010 - 2011 MPhil in Irish Art, Trinity College Dublin : Distinction
2002 - 2004 M.F.A in Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art, London : Distinction.
1991 - 1995 B.A. in Fine Art, First Class Honours, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland Distinction.

Solo Exhibitions

Upcoming Title tbc, MART galleries 1 & 2, Dublin
2014 Othering, Platform for the Arts, Belfast
2013 Nonknowledge, nag gallery, Dublin
2012 upcoming - Title to be confirmed, Platform for the Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2008 I live in the cracks in the walls Pallas Contemporary Projects Dublin, Ireland
2007

White Picket Fencing The Belltable Arts Centre Limerick, Ireland
The Long Goodbye Droichead Arts Centre Drogheda, Ireland

2005 Sea of Unknowing Pallas Heights, Dublin, Ireland
2004 No Man's Land West Cork Arts Centre, Co. Cork, Ireland
2002 Dirty Trash Drogheda Arts Centre, Drogheda, Ireland

Recent curated exhibitions

2014 Winter Open curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Jennie Guy and Matthew Nevin, Rua Red, Dublin
2014 +Battery-, Foundation 14 Arts Festival, Offaly County Council in association with The Arts Council of Ireland, directed and curated by Brendan Fox./span>
2014 Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin
2014 Re-Framing the Domestic in Irish Art curated by Amanda Coogan, Jane Humphries and Aoife Ruane, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

Selected Exhibitions

2012 upcoming - Grenzen im Kopf / The Island Within, Essl Museum, Vienna.
Myles Away From Illustration: The Influence of Flann O'Brien on the Visual Arts, Strabane, Northern Ireland.
2011 National Interest Art Trail, Cork. Collaborative work with artists from London, 
 Cork and Limerick involving sculptural installation and performance originating from rituals of 
printmaking.
Invite or Reject Flux Factory, New York.
Myles Away From Illustration: The Influence of Flann O'Brien on the Visual Arts, University of Vienna, Vienna.
Polemically Small Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA and Charlie Smith Gallery, London.
2010

Toronto Art Fair represented by Blue Leaf Projects, Canada.
Art London represented by Blue Leaf Projects, London.
Materials Worlds, exhibition of contemporary sculpture by 8 artists from Ireland      and U.K. and curated by Riann Coulter at FE McWilliam Gallery, Co Down.
The Gatekeeper Project, curated by Naomi Sex, Five Lamps Arts Festival, Dublin.
Wildly Different Things contemporary art from New York and Dublin at The Observatory, Dublin.
Invisible 27 artists in 8 venues across Dublin city including Irish Museum of Modern Art, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Project Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Ireland.

2009

Preponderance of the Small a Gallery 3 project at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.
Dumb Waiter curated by Richard Ducker and The Fieldgate Gallery, London at James Taylor Gallery, London.
The Gatekeeper Project curated by Naomi Sex, site-specific outdoor installation at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.
The Thatch  curated by Mart, Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland
New London School curated by Charlie Smith Gallery, London at Galerie Schuster, Berlin.

2008

Soot from the Funnel curated by Richard Ducker and The Fieldgate Gallery, London at LOKAAL01, The Netherlands.
Timbuktu curated by Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin.
The Future Can Wait  curated by Charlie Smith Gallery, London at Old Truman Brewery, London.
Parallax  curated by Richard Ducker at Fieldgate Gallery, London.
Defining Space  Original Print Gallery, Dublin.
The Future Can Wait  curated by Charlie Smith Gallery, London at Old Truman Brewery, London.

2007

Walking through Walls curated by Eli Zafran at Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv.
Milestones  Black Church Print Studio, Dublin, Ireland
Spring Salon 07 Energy Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Sound:Space  Sound Symposium, Bracknell, UK.
Cead in China  travelling to Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou.
Hung, drawn & quartered  Original Print Gallery, Dublin & Carlinn Gallery, Carlingford.

Biography.

2008 - 2012 Lecturer in Fine Art, National College of Art & Design, Dublin
2011 - 2012 Lecturer in Fine Art, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork
Board of Gallery Committee, National College of Art & Design, Dublin
2008 - 2012 Board of Directors, Black Church Print Studio, Dublin
2004 - 2008

Lecturer in Fine Art, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork

2007

Lecturer in Film & Media, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Senior Printmaking Technician, Kingston University, London

2001 - 2004

Board of Directors, Black Church Print Studio, Dublin

2003 to date

Print Studio Co-ordinator, London Print Studio

2000 - 2002

Master Printmaker in Silkscreen, Black Church Print Studio, Dublin

Awards & Residencies.

2015

RHA Studio award, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

2014 - 2015

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Artist Residency Program, Dublin

2014 & 2013

Travel & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland (also awarded in 2001)

2012

Artist-in-Residence, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
The Red Stables Studios, Dublin City Council.
Glin-Crookshank Prize for Thesis “Repetition: A Semiotic Mechanism of Destabilization in Art”, Trinity College Dublin.

2007 HIAP & TBG&S International Residency, Helsinki (shortlisted)
2008 - 2010 Artist Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland
2008 - 2011 Artist-in-Residence, Fire Station Artists Studios
2007 AIB Art Prize, Dublin (shortlisted)
2006 Artist Bursary, Arts Council of Ireland
2004 Adrian Carruthers Award, The Slade School of Fine Art, London (short listed)
2003

Arts and Humanities Research Board, London
Mary Farl Powers Award for Printmakers, Arts Council of Ireland
Professional Development & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland
AIB Art Prize, Dublin (shortlisted)

2002

The South Square Trust, The Slade School of Fine Art, London
Euan Uglow Scholarship, The Slade School of Fine Art, London
Artists Bursary, Dublin City Council
Professional Development & Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland

2001

2. World Festival of Art on Paper, Ljubljana (short listed)
Artflight Travel Award, Arts Council of Ireland

2000

Visual Art Documentation Grant, Arts Council of Ireland

1999

Visual Art Documentation Grant, Arts Council of Ireland

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