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Hello,

I am a visual artist working with photography, video, and text to process, understand, and communicate my lived experience. In doing so, I hope to create a space for viewers going through similar experiences, most recently in relation to pet loss and grief.

My twenty-four-year photography career involved working as a researcher, gallery assistant, darkroom technician, photography tutor, photo assistant, community artist, and photographer. I have been a member of Wexford County Council’s artists’ panel, funded by Meath County Council and commissioned by Limerick City & County Council. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows, won the Solstice Visual Arts Award, and is in the collections of Rua Red and the Irish Queer Archive at the National Library of Ireland.

To refocus on my practice I returned to formal education in 2019, completing a photography degree at Technological University Dublin and MFA at Ulster University. Since then, I have made work examining Ireland’s relationship with nuclear power What Fin Told Me (2020); searched for traces of my dead father Flock (2020); questioned memories Not The Location Of My First Kiss (2021); studied menopause One Day (2022); and responded to loss The Apple I Would Never Eat (2023 ongoing). I am interested in the role of text accompanying image and what happens in the space created between the two.

Not the location of my first kiss was featured in a six-page editorial in the Summer 2022 issue of The Irish Arts Review. In 2023 I was shortlisted for the Emergence Award and the Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects, I also became a member of ÍOVA and Island Photographers Groups. So far in 2024...Nancy had three beds, like Goldilocks, #1 is on show in the 194th RHA Annual Exhibition, One day was selected for PhotoIreland’s TLP Editions and I was shortlisted for the Irish Hospice Foundation Seed Grants for Arts in Residential Care.

I am interested in commissions and collaborations, limited edition fine art prints are also available, please do get in touch,

Mary.