Bio / Statement:
(B.1977), West Cork, Ireland.
Exhibition at The Working Artist Studio, West Cork, Ireland
KRF:2 Artist Notebook Project exhibition Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare, 12th- 27th October 2012
Kathy curated the project ‘Ceiliúradh’ in March 2012, a memorial exhibition of Artist’s in the Northwest, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Recent projects include;
Mentoring programme with Ruth le Gear through the FireStation Artists Studios, Arts and Disability Ireland
‘The Ethics’ by Spinoza, Mondial live reading performance in collaboration with Job Koelewijn at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Leitrim, Ireland.
2010. ‘Screening and dialogue’ at the Firestation Artists’ Studios, Dublin, Ireland,
Recent exhibitions include;
Group shows at ‘Newcastle Artists Society’s’, CityBase, Moseley Street, Newcastle City Centre, Uk,
Members exhibition, The West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland
‘Liminality; Difference Views/Viewing Difference’, SCIE Org, London, UK
The Sketchbook project, Arthouse, NY, touring exhibition in Brooklyn, NY, Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA Portland, ME Atlanta, GA Chicago, IL Washington, DC Winter Park, FL, 2011
‘The Peace Project’ with The Whole 9, exhibiting in New York and Gallery 9 in Los Angelos and San Francisco
Adf Gallery Belfast, Northern Ireland
OPEN CALL, ‘Impossible Exchange’, PS1, Frieze Art Fair, London, Uk
The Model, Sligo
She has been resident artist with her studio at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, LSC. Her work is held both in private and public collections nationally and internationally.
Kathy O’ Leary || 2012
My work reflects how I collect and collate objects/imagery and how my perception alters my unique perspective.
I examine colour, form, and line, that are abstracted, often sculptural layers.
These layers help me to metaphorically, conceptualise ideas and create reflections on the ever-changing world of culture, society and technology.
By utilizing the abstract space between my body and the environment to create a unique perspective and pliable structure for intuition and opportunity.
These have become my methods for navigating the blurry terrain of memory and imagination, reflecting my viewpoint of the world.
I trace and retrace, drawing from maps, retracing my path through them. Mapping serves as a metaphor for searching, an implication of the unknown in wide, open spaces, paralleled with my personal confines, exploring these spaces in my research methodologies.
Moments captured while ‘on route’ have been a continual process in my practice as I tend to be constantly on the go. These photos record a ‘time and place’, moments of alienation, experiences of public art, monumentalism, reactions to industrialisation and the environment.
The questioning of ‘The Ethics’ through insignificant and significant moments of time. Shared experiences of intimacy, simulating the brilliance and possibilities of nature in all it’s beauty through the ritual of daily processes.
The images become a metaphor as a process of development and the sharing of my practice. A type of incubation period for my practice, of fertility, growth, birthing and to display the fragility of life itself.
By examining how we look after our environments, creating playful curiosities and speculating concepts of ‘Nature going down the plug hole’. This accumulates fragments of history and representation. Juxtaposing the indoors with the outdoors, this creates a visual metaphorphosis as an opportunity to construct, deconstruct, condense, fix, reedit and reexamine.
My practice is a transformation in breaking boundaries and borders of personal and physical constraints through the environment, society and technology, producing visual reactions with the existence of being a Visual-Artist.
2012-2013 MA Art in the Contemporary World, N.C.A.D., Dublin
2000-2005 *B.F.A. (Hons.), Institute of Technology, Sligo