UCD Parity Studios is delighted to welcome Méadhbh O'Connor back to the residency at UCD College of Science, following her first residency in 2013. Méadhbh will be corresponding closely with researchers in UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Sciences (SBES) and UCD School of Chemistry towards the production of a film. This work, on the pressing topic of climate-change, will be exhibited at the forthcoming 57th Venice Biennale of Art 2017 (May – Nov 2017).
Méadhbh O’Connor, born 1984, is an Irish artist who works at the conjunction of art, science and environmentalism. Over the years she has steadily formed a consistent art practice in which she works closely with scientists and experts in other fields, particularly those with whom she shares concern for environmental topics. Many of her projects alternate between carefully constructed and engineered sculptural installation, and ephemeral work that is less controllable and predictable.
She has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, and most recently was selected by a distinguished international jury as one of fifteen artists to represent Antarctica at the experimental and environmentally-conscious, supranational Antarctic Pavilion at the forthcoming 57th Venice Biennale of Art, 2017, the oldest and most prestigious international art exhibition in the world. This jury included Alexander Ponomarev, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Hani Rashid, Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi and Nadim Samman.
Méadhbh also developed and delivers an elective undergraduate module at the College of Science which prepares young scientists to think socially and critically about their discipline, and introduce them to the growing international movement which sees increasing collaboration between the Creative Arts and Sciences at an experimental, educational and institutional level.
1 'Biosystem'. Solo exhibition at Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, U.K. 2017. Installation of living orbs.
2 'Biosystem'. Solo exhibition at Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, U.K. 2017. Installation of living orbs.
3 'Unknown Shores'. Solo exhibition at UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, 2014. Large-scale sculptural installation of steel, copper, laboratory glassware, handcrafted wooden clamps, pvc tubing, miscellaneous scientific instruments, netting and other parts. Stands 6 metres at its highest point.
4 'Climate Simulator', working image. Film made by modelling atmospheric optics and weather in water. 2017. Forthcoming.
5 'Capriccio'. Wood, viola string, violin pegs. The sculpture is held together by opposing forces of tension and compression. No two solid members of the sculpture touch one another. 2015.