JOYA ARTE+ECOLOGIA Artist Residency, June 2022



Still from Traced, HD Video, 6 mins 44 secs, 2022

Still from Shared, HD Video, 3 mins 55 secs, 2022

In June I was selected for a residency at JOYA AIR : "an arts led field research centre which facilitates an international network of artists and writers whilst simultaneously breathing life into an arid zone struggling against the combined forces of climate change, global markets and land degradation».

When I arrived at Joya, I was struck by the lack of sound and light pollution (with nights so clear you feel closer to the stars) and an unusual sense of stillness. The light was almost too bright, sunsets almost too unbearably colourful and the singing of insects and birds almost too loud. The biodiversity there was so rich it felt like an assault to the senses. There was an instant feeling of joyful connection to the place.

So on I went, recording sounds on my walks every morning and evening, breathing and listening attentively. But what took me by surprise was the work I did in response to the studio space I was allocated. Somehow I felt I had to inhabit this space, and time, which I had been given. First I became fascinated by the resident insects and the sound they made as they went about their daily business, then I started to look at the view and the play of light flooding in through the window at different times of the day. I filmed it all, and spontaneously began to perform in front of the camera, which was something I had not planned.

I enjoyed the natural structure imposed by the changing light and temperature. It was simply too hot to go out in the middle of the day and this provided time to rest and review what I had recorded and filmed in the morning.

The evening meals and talks with other artists provided stimulating exchanges and encouraging feedback on the new directions my work was taking.

Unselfing: TULCA Festival of Visual Arts. Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture

Curated by Gregory McCartney

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts’ UnSelfing Programme
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
ONLINE via Abridged + printed publication
1 December 2020 - 25 March 2021
They Who Eat My Flesh, Scan on Hahnemüle paper, 2019

Still from In These Times, HD video, 1min 46sec, 2020

Nadège Mériau
Stuart Cairnes
Daniel Seiffert
Tara Wray

Professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell
Peter Knight
Dr Dara Downey
Anna Walsh
Gail McConnell
Sharon Young

"In Meriau’s suite of imagery fish skins act as negatives, snails illicit physical responses, a seabed becomes a reflection of inner states, the body becomes a darkroom; magical images emerge from the unseen. If, as Merleau-Ponty suggests, the body can expand our understanding of knowledge, what does this mean about the possibilities of how we interact with art? The embodied looking I encountered in Meriau’s pieces The Fall, In these Times and They Who Eat My Flesh shows that art has the potential to transcend the material and the subject/object orientation. Through this process of ‘reciprocal interrelation’ new knowledge can be discovered in unexpected ways. The magic of the photographic darkroom is not confined to a darkened room but can be carried with us in our bodies, if we choose to allow ourselves to step into that concrete essence that leads to existential experience." Sharon Young, In The Darkroom of the Body, 2020.…
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Petites Morts in the ROT issue of The Learned Pig, July 2020

"We are born of indigestion."

"There was always contamination and collaboration before there was you and me: the bacteria in our gut, the mites who clean our eyelashes, all the innumerable microbiota who inhabit our bodies, who are our bodies."

"In the age of a pandemic, we have no choice but to recognise this virus as our body too."

~ Julia Cavicchi, editor, ROT
Petite Mort II, LED Lightbox, 30x40cm, 2016

Brilliantly conceived and edited by Julia Cavicchi, ROT is a wide-ranging celebration of cross-contamination, co-creation & collaboration - across disciplines, across species.

Featuring artists, activists, ecologists & more, ROT is a rich compost heap of ideas, a place to learn to attend not only to our creaturely kin but also to our toxic progeny.…

Publication: SPUD (2009-2019) by Deirdre O’Mahony - March 2020

I am delighted to be included in SPUD, Deirdre O'Mahony's recently published book on the politics of food and 'tacit knowledge of farming'. I thoroughly enjoyed contributing to this collaborative project while on my residency at the Florence Trust and beyond.
SPUD, published by Deirdre O'Mahoney, edition 27/300, 2020

SPUD, published by Deirdre O'Mahoney, edition 27/300, 2020

SPUD, published by Deirdre O'Mahoney, edition 27/300, 2020
'Lifeline' is one of my contribution to SPUD. It was made with a drain inspection camera and a few ideas in mind: the rhizomatic and secretive nature of the potato, its subterranean networks and its apparent likeness to human reproductive organs. Lifeline was first shown at The Florence Trust in London and then at Taroudant University, Morocco. See in Film section of this website.
SPUD, published by Deirdre O'Mahoney, here featuring my Solanum Tuberosum work at BCA Gallery, County Clare

SPUD, published by Deirdre O'Mahoney, edition 27/300, 2020

To buy the book click here…

Auto//Fiction exhibition & symposium, July 2019

A research led symposium and exhibition organised by Sharon Boothroyd and Marita Fraser with Linda Rocco, supported by the Speaking of Her RCA Research Network.

Autofiction, Dyson Gallery, Installation photograph , July 2019

In recent times speaking in the first person, or the merging of author and protagonist, has had a resurgence, both in academic discourse (Palmer, Cattle) and literature (Kraus, Nelson, Smith). In art practice, literature and academia there appears to be a re-emergence of methods that challenge traditional forms of narration and argumentation. There is now a revitalised discourse around questions such as: What is the place of fiction in academic writing? What theoretical frameworks does auto-fictional writing offer and/or restrict? How can autobiography transcend the personal? Is the ‘I’ gendered? This event will explore and reflect on this movement and its uses within arts research.

Symposium| 9 July | Gorvy Lecture Theatre | 10am – 4.30pm
Keynote Speakers: Beatrice Gibson, Sally O'Reilly and Tanya Augsburg with presentations from:
Adjoa Armah, Federica Bueti, Juliette Blightman, Sharon Boothroyd, Marita Fraser, Niklas Lichti, Charan Singh and Tom Smith

Exhibition |Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, 1 Hester Road, SW11 4AN PV: Tuesday 9 July | 5.30pm
(Exhibition continues daily until 12 July. OPEN 10am-6pm)

Exhibiting artists include:
Helen Barff, Juliette Blightman, Esme Boggis, Sharon Boothroyd, Chantal Faust, Rebecca Fortnum, Marita Fraser, Gill Houghton, Tami Izko, Lali Khalid, Janice Levy, Mars, Nadège Mériau, Trish Morrissey, Marianne Mulvey, Ralph Pritchard, Mark Riley, Colette Standish & Poppy Whatmore
They Who Eat My Flesh, Scan on Hahnemüle paper, 2019

They Who Eat My Flesh II, Scan on Hahnemüle paper, 2019

They Who Eat My Flesh (prints) and The Way Out Is In (sculpture) at Auto//Fiction, Dyson Gallery, July 2019

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019, RWA Bristol, 15 June 2019

Fire:Flashes to Ashes in British Art exhibition, RWA Bristol

I will be showing two of my Au Centre de la Terre photographs in this major exhibition which traces the representation of Fire in British art across the last four centuries. Do pop along if you happen to be in Bristol!
Co-curated by artist Rachael Nee RWA, Professor Christiana Payne (Oxford Brookes University) and curator Gemma Brace (University of Bristol), it is the third in a series of exhibitions, following The Power of the Sea: Making Waves in British Art 1790-2014 (2014) and Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017 (2017), bringing together a number of important historical, modern and contemporary artworks on the theme of fire, including work that incorporates fire in the process of making. It will examine how artists’ approaches have changed over time, recording historical, religious, domestic or natural events as well as exploring fire as a material phenomenon informed by contemporary themes and issues, combining art and science.
Focusing mainly on British artists (or work produced in Britain), Fire aims to include significant artists such as J.M.W Turner, John Martin, William Blake, J.M Whistler, Cornelia Parker, Mark Wallinger and Tacita Dean, alongside established and emerging contemporary artists, including RWA Academicians, covering a broad range of thematic concerns in a variety of media; such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, moving image and installation.…
Fire:Flashes to Ashes in British Art exhibition Private View, RWA Bristol

Au Centre de la Terre I & II, Private View, RWA Bristol (Photograph by Barry Cawston)

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019 catalogue

Article featuring Au Centre de la Terre II in the Times…

SWAP Edition No. 4 : BREX-kit , Creekside Projects, 21-23 March 2019

[In-Continent] , Cyanotype contact prints, vintage chemist bottles, 2019
[In-Continent] at SWAP Edition No. 4 : BREX-kit launch, Creekside Projects, 21st March 2019

SWAP Edition No. 4 : BREX-kit launch at Creekside Project, 21st March 2019

SWAP Edition No. 4 : BREX-kit launches at Creekside Projects, 21st March 2019

​Edition No.4 : BREX-kit > launched in March 2019 with events at the Small Press Project at UCL and exhibition at Creekside Projects in Deptford, London.
BREX-kit > 'a survival guide come puncture repair kit' themed collection of artworks published as we enter the Brexit era. Edition No.4 : BREX-kit > brings together the work of Giorgia Castiglioni / Laura Copsey / Matthew Dowell / Camila Lobos / Nadège Mériau / James Moore / Scott Robertson / Tania Robertson / Jason Rouse / Aleksandra Stanek & EJ O'Reilly / Dawn Woolley / Ellie Wyatt / Pandora Vaughan. The pack for this edition is designed by Barnaby Mills and Ginny Davies.

SWAP Editions invites artists to each create a small artwork as an edition. The multiples are then published into sets and each artist receives back a complete set containing all the works in that edition. SWAP is a growing collection of artist’s multiples made as editions in a wide range of materials from casts and prints, to mixed media, video and photographs. The aim is to collaborate with artists to explore the process of making editions and forge an alternate non-commercial socially driven platform to enable swapping and collecting original artworks between artists. Publishing semi-annually in Spring and Autumn, each edition is curated and launched with a gallery exhibition or public event and the works will join a growing showcase of art multiples available to view online. Through invitation and open submission opportunities we aim to commission new works from both established and emerging artists, whilst acting as a network, resource and online showcase for artists making multiples and editions.

209 Women tours to Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, 28 Feb - 14 April 2019

Women 209 exhibition, Houses of Parliament, December 2018

Looking at my photograph of MP Joan Ryan, 209 Women exhibition, December 2019

209 Women marks 100 years since the first general election in which some women could vote. It seeks to champion the visibility of women: particularly in politics, where decisions are made that affect people of all genders. It features new portraits of the UK’s women MPs, shot entirely by photographers that identify as women.

209 Women is a project in partnership with The Royal Photographic Society, Liverpool City Council and The Sorority.

Kate Abbey, Rhiannon Adam, Monika K. Adler, Claudia Agati, Eleonora Agostini, Isabella Akers, Andrea Allan, Amelia Allen, Jocelyn Allen, Carol Allen-Storey, Emily Andersen, Barbara Asboth, Joanne Banks, Lisa Barnard, Rosie Barnes, Del Barrett, Alison Baskerville, Poulomi Basu, Susan Bell, Debby Besford, Julia Biro, Emma Blau, Sian Bonnell, Sharon Boothroyd, Carla Borel, Polly Braden, Rachel Louise Brown, Linda Brownlee, Alicia Bruce, Tessa Bunney, Emma Campbell, Reme Campos, Carlotta Cardana, Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Wendy Carrig , Natasha Caruana, Emma Case, Aletheia Casey, Tereza Cervenova, Alicia Clarke, Joanne Coates, Hannah Collins, Vicki Couchman, Emma Critchley, Lottie Davies, Bex Day, Gemma Day, Kerry Dean, Venetia Dearden, Rosemary Despres, Suki Dhanda, Laura Dicken, Chrystal Ding, Kat Dlugosz, Marysa Dowling, Christian Doyle, Monika Drzewicz, Jillian Edelstein, Caroline Edge, Charlie Edwards, Sophie Ellen, Annabel Elston, Laura El-Tantawy, Elainea Emmott, Teresa Eng, Carole Evans, Jessa Fairbrother, Monika Fischbein, Sara Forino, Lauren Forster, Claire Francis, Emma Freeman, Jessica Fulford-Dobson, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Sophie Gerrard, Asimina Giagoudaki, Sophie Gladstone, Rachel Glass, Leo Goddard, Lydia Goldblatt, Ailbhe Greaney, Tamsin Green, Eleri Griffiths, Lenka Rayn H, Emma Hardy, Olivia Harris, Alicia Hart, Frederike Helwig, Clare Hewitt, Tina Hillier, Jane Hilton, Liz Hingley, Sasha Hitchcock, Caz Holbrook, Nancy Honey, Laura Hynd, Denisa Ilie, Susannah Ireland, Alison Jackson, Claudia Janke, Asa Johannesson, Francesca Jones, Heidi Jones, Dragana Jurisic, Tabitha Jussa, Sonal Kantaria, Minna Kantonen, Frances Kearney, Jane McLeish Kelsey, Phoebe Kiely, Kate Kirkwood, Hana Knizova,Karen Knorr, Karolina Konior, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Sylwia Kowalczyk, Zoe Law, Sarah Lee, Alexandra Lethbridge, Lucy Levene, Jenny Lewis, Yushi Li, Andrea Liggins, Harriet Logan, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Kerry Lytwyn, Kirsty MacKay, Jane MacNeil, Amak Mahmoodian, Celine Marchbank, Maisie Marshall, Jenny Matthews, Felicity McCabe, Jan McCullough, Helen McGhie, Holly McGlynn, Wendy McMurdo, Carolyn Mendelsohn, Nadège Mériau, Lorna Milburn, Hope Miller, Margaret Mitchell, Caroline Molloy, Nicola Morley, Sophie Morris, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Trish Morrissey, Freya Najade, Ellen Nolan, Flannery Okafka, Casey Orr, Clare Park., Susie Parr, Jennifer Pattison, Polly Penrose , Claire Pepper, Eileen Perrier, Kate Peters, Suzanne Plunkett, Yan Preston, Magda Rakita, Lua Ribeira, Jennifer Robertson, Ally Robinson, Ellen Rogers, Danyelle Rolla, Chloe Rosser, Michelle Sank, Leonora Saunders, Kristina Sälgvik, Elisabeth Scheder-Bieschin, Louise Haywood Schiefer, Clémentine Schneidermann, Charlotte Schreiber, Jo Metson Scott, Arpita Shah, Carol Sharp, Vanessa Short, Abbie-Traylor Smith, Ellie Smith, Marta Soul, Annabel Staff, Kate Stanworth, Hannah Starkey, Monica Takvam, Alys Tomlinson, Nicola Tree, Mary Turner, Leticia Valverdes, Nana Varveropoulou, Eva Vermandel, Maryam Wahid, Madeleine Waller, Wei Wang, Becky Warnock, Sarah Weal, Sophie Wedgwood, Bella West, Liz Wewiora, Corinne Whitehouse, Luisa Whitton, Jan Williams, Mandy Williams, Hilary Wood, Jooney Woodward, Stephanie Wynne, Alice Zoo…