Briefly, describe your art practice? I am interested in combinations and formal qualities of different materials, things which are weighed down, gloopy, welded together and married in a union which may or may not make sense.
I would describe my work as being somewhere between painting and sculpture, paint-sculptures perhaps, there is still so much for me to learn on a material level and that is definitely motivating new works. Visual drama, as well as visual balance, are important to me.
What inspires you to make art work? I am inspired to make by a number of things –current affairs, things happening in the world, colours, objects, odd combinations of things, photographs I take. Curiosity is the root of my artistic practice. I am interested in making bad shapes and allowing failure to form part of my work.
I am intrigued by fake plastic plants and how they are stand ins for the real thing. I wonder sometimes what that means, to buy and have a fake plant if it is just about convenience? I would like to think my work questions what is real, by creating a situation for the viewer which is visually stimulating and appears almost like a showroom, where hyper-real versions of plants are presented that it will somehow make you more aware of how fake it really is.
Explain the basis of your art project for The Bonkers Contemporary Show For Bonkers Contemporary I will be showing new sculptural work which explores aspects of marketed reality and retail. I am particularly drawn to retail display and structures used in store to create merchandising stands. I see these as objects which have potential. I am taking as a starting point ideas relating to trend forecasting, synthetic biology and the construction of alternate natures, man-made nature, and the fact that the word ‘real’ can be found in retail.
Who are your role models artistically? Isa Genzken, Haegue Yang, Jessica Stockholder and Sarah Sze
What do you think is your most AMAZING achievement in art today? I was awarded an Emerging Artist Residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2013, it was an amazing experience – and also completing my MFA in ECA in 2016.
Describe your art in 5 words. Playful, complicated, bold, questioning, exaggerated.