Marie Brett is a visual artist working in photography, sound, film and sculptural form and is currently artist-in-residence with UCD College of Social Sciences and Law for 2016.
Her work recurrently questions culturally shunned and difficult topics, often exploring ideas of loss, crisis and human suffering in non-stable contexts. Her art pieces are evocative, using emotional echo and minimal aesthetic, and often juxtapose ideas of the everyday within a place of unease or subtle threat. Rather than create a direct linear narrative, Marie aims to slow time and open up new space as a contemplative aesthetic on intimacy, grief and vulnerability. She produces gallery based works and situation/installation events in unusual settings.
Marie’s practice is an Art/Life binary. It is multi-layered, framed within a social contemporary, and embedded in forms of collaboration and dialogue. Her conceptual interests frequently lead her to intensive periods of research and collaboration with individuals and groups of people who have direct experience of (ambiguous) loss, who inform and influence the production of new work. Her work is challenging and socially relevant aiming to re-position the hidden and unquestioned, to pose social and cultural questions about what it means to be human - how we as individuals, and as a people, relate to loss, love and life itself. Her practice, developed over considerable periods of time, aims to bring deeper thinking to tricky subjects and often questions an ethic/aesthetic relation.
The artist is a recipient of numerous awards, with work exhibited and held in public collections nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions including: E.gress, IMMA (2015); Amulet, The Lab Gallery, Dublin (2015) and Shadow Traders, Triskel Christchurch (2014). Marie has writing published in Ireland and Finland, is an artist mentor, professional development consultant and trainer, Arts Council artist representative and editoral panel member for artsandhealth.ie and has presented as several national and international seminars and conferences. An arts graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London, Marie holds first class honours BA and MA arts degrees.
Concurrent with her residency this year, Marie is presenting a national touring exhibition in partnership with multiple organisations, culminating in a closing event at IMMA. The tour titled ‘E.gress: a twilight world of Dementia’ is supported by an Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Award. Marie is also researching Death Ritual Practice, supported by a Local Authority Artist Bursary, plus an Arts Council AIC/Create Research Award.
Marie’s work often explores issues of:- Ethics | Morality | Human Rights | Freedom & Personal Identity | Knowledge & Truth | Mind & Meaning, and her field of work intersects with those of:- Archaeology | Law | Philosophy | Psychology | Religion | Social Policy, Social Work & Social Justice | Sociology.
At the onset of her residency at UCD Marie said, “I’m really looking forward to the potential for a collaborative exchange to influence, un-pack and extend some of the complex issues that respective disciplines engage with. I’m keen to make new work that explores societal challenges, (individual and collective) with association, representation and narrative to what is culturally shunned experience.”
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Marie Brett. UCD College of Science and Law 2016 Artist In Residence.