My work is informed by ancient Irish archaeology, social history and contemporary pop culture. I work with a variety of materials both manmade and natural to create highly tactile works which are both texturally varied and tonally rich. Environmental themes often hold a presence in my work and I often use recycled or repurposed materials to reflect this. The physical and social landscapes of Dublin and Connemara are a continuous presence in my work both thematically and visually. My work is a commentary on the relationship of the past with the present and asks what conditions insure the perpetuity or decline of tradition. It also asks what future might rise out of the continuity or abandonment of these traditions.
I spent my early childhood in Dublin. Some of my earliest memories are of accompanying my parents, who are both archaeologists, on archaeological excavations and to museums. These trips led me to have an interest in Irish history and in archaeological artefacts which still informs my work today.
I moved to Connemara, where my mother had grown up, when I was nine. It was here that I developed an interest in the Irish language and the rich tones of the Connemara landscape still informs my work today. I attended Clifden Community School, the home of the Clifden Arts Festival as a teenager. Over six years there I attended many of the Arts Festival events including readings, plays, workshops and concerts. I also took part in the annual night parade as a stilt walker and dancer and became a member of the Clifden Arts Festival Student Committee during my time there. I have since exhibited both solo and group shows at the festival since graduating in 2015.
Upon finishing secondary school, I studied Art, Design and Mixed Media at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. I then decided to study Art History and Philosophy at University College Dublin but left after less than a year, deciding that I wanted to do a more practical course. It was during this time that I held my first solo exhibition "Íobairt/Sacrifice" at the Clifden Arts Festival, with funding from Údarás na Gaeltachta.
I took part in "Nostalgia", a group show with students from the UCD DrawSoc in 2017 and later that year exhibited with The Inishlyon Project at Clifden Arts Festival alongside Joe Boske, Brian Bourke, Augustine Coyne, Marie Fitzpatrick, Dolores Lyne, Audrey Murray, Jay Murphy, Scott Ward and Margaret Irwin West.
After leaving UCD, I completed two part time courses in millinery and fashion design at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design. I also attended CEAD evening classes in drawing and printmaking at the National College of Art and Design. At this time I created a collection of handmade felt jewellery called "Donut Touch", inspired by the donuts on display in the many donut shops in the city which opened around that time. I sold these at pop up events including Flea For Choice, The Workman's Market and at Meltdown, Stephen's Street.
I became a full time NCAD in 2018 student and I am currently studying for a B.A in Textile, Art and Artefact. In 2020 I was awarded the Global Undergraduate Award for the Island of Ireland in the Visual Arts category for my installation ‘Stigmata’ and I have been shortlisted for the NCAD Staff Prize 2021. I hope to graduate later this year.