BIO

I am interested in the purpose of pain.

The pursuit of happiness is a road filled with many trials and tribulations but without pain we would never know what true happiness is.  Mental health issues still have stigma attached but I believe they exist because we are taught to see pain as a purely negative thing.  Pain can make us bitter, angry, depressed and sick or it can transform us into stronger, more emphatic, wiser and healthier human beings, depending on how we deal with it.  A seed when planted in the ground is broken and crushed beyond recognition and after a period of darkness beauty comes.

My work looks at the positive transformation caused by pain. We have many ways of dealing with it including drugs and alcohol, counselling, positive thinking, meditation, prayer, anger, overeating, under eating, self hatred, self harm, suicide etc a few will lead to healing but many will lead to more pain. So why do some people grow through the pain process and some are overwhelmed by it. Does our attitude to it matter.?

I use discarded, worthless, waste materials in my installations and wall art to reveal not only the process of pain but the result. I want the work to glorify the positive transition of facing pain, dealing with it and growing through it. No one is immune to pain and my work recognizes the huge struggle that every viewer has gone through but also pays homage to the radical change that can take place. I want to invite the viewer to question the world view of pain, the journey it brings us on and where it leaves us.

I am no stranger to pain, I come from a dysfunctional family,  I lost my brother when he was 18. I lost my marriage, my business, my home, and finally my health and in 2011 my family were told to prepare for my death. I spent 6 months in hospital fighting for my life. I live with Crohns disease,  Diabetes and a non functional pancreas. I have been homeless, depressed and suicidal, but I am still here.

Pain is working its purpose in me.

It was a life long dream of mine to attend art college and in 2016 I graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2016 with an H2 Honours Bachelors Degree in Textiles Art and Artefact as a mature student.

Media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_2IlFT8m_s http://droghedalife.com/791/116701/a/drogheda-womans-poignant-homecoming-to-exhibit-at-arts-festival http://www.irishtv.ie/derry-matters-60 https://www.linkedin.com/martina caffrey shannon http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06451v1 https://www.kildarenow.com/news/kildare-woman-lost-everything-crash-opens-new-gallery/175491 https://www.kildarenow.com/features/gallery-art-gallery-difference-launches-naas/178053 https://www.leinsterleader.ie/gallery/home/342130/photos-naas-musical-society-fashion-show-at-the-osprey-hotel.html https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/local-news/349944/brownies-get-in-touch-with-their-artistic-side.html https://www.leinsterleader.ie/gallery/home/335391/photo-gallery-over-10-000-people-attend-last-weekend-s-naas-wild-food-festival.html https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/248516/newbridge-restaurant-to-shut-today.html https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/367899/naas-students-launch-campaign-to-raise-awareness-of-climate-change.html

Commissions;

Alupro Ireland. Sculpture for the "Can It" Green Awards

2015 Installation "Disconnect" for Composer, Roisin Hayes.

2017 “Dross Evolution” Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co Kildare

2017 “ThinKool” Exhibition, Medtronic , Athlone and Tullamore.

2018 Naas Tidy Towns, Heron Sculpture 2018 Naas Tidy Towns, Swan Sculpture

2019 “Stay with Me” Tuam Babies Tribute exhibition at In-Spire Galerie, Dublin

Exhibitions;

2017 Medtronic, Athlone and Tullamore

2017 Dross Evolution, Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge

2017 Wonky, Inspire Gallery, Dublin

2016 Disconnect, NCAD.Dublin

2016 RUA RED, South Dublin Art Centre.

2016 Dross Evolution, NCAD Yellow Box Gallery

2016 BIG SHOT, the Musical. Liberty Hall

2015 Bluefire Festival, Dublin

2015 Stendhal Festival of Art, Limavady.

2015 Seeing the Unseen, Drogheda Arts Festival. Scotch Hall Drogheda

2014 Work in Progress, Village at Lyons, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

2013 Dance of the Handbags, Canal Café, Sallins, Co. Kildare

2012 Splash of Colour, Naas Library, Naas, Co Kildare.

2008, Space and Time, Sackcloth and Ashes Gallery, Sallins, Co. Kildare

Collections;

Works held in private collections in Ireland, England, Germany and the United States.

Residencies;

2015 Stendhall Festival of Art, Limavady

Recycle Workshops

2016 Medtronic. Canteen ThinKool Campaign

2017 European Week for Waste Reduction. Maynooth University, Maynooth

2017 Re-Use Day Mc Cauley Place, Naas, Co Kildare

2017 Re- Use Month, Newbridge Library, Newbridge

2017 Monesterevin Community Centre, Monesterevin

2018 Brownies Fairy Flax

2018 RE-ME Challenge 

2019 Earth Baby Fair Recycle Awareness

Events

2017 & 2018 Drosty the Snowman Recycle Awareness Christmas Campaign

2018, Elf on the Shelf Recycle Awareness Christmas Campaign

2019, No Planet B Climate Change Club Launch

Ongoing Support and Mentoring to Local Youth Projects; “No Planet B Climat Change Club” Naas, Co Kildare “The Struggle is Real” Winning TY Mini Company “Brownies Fairy Flax” Naas, Co Kildare “No Name Club” Blessington

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