Generally speaking, my work represents a continuous stream of observations on human relationships with and perceptions of the natural world. I am interested in the nature and variety of our thoughts on the non-human animal, and particularly on the ways in which they inhabit and negotiate the human built environment. I like to play with ideas about the ambiguities inherent in our relationships with other animals: they are our companions, our prey, the objects of our phobias and the unwitting receptacles for our ideologies.
Drawn to the richness and tonal subtlety of mezzotint engraving, I have been working consistently with this medium since studying for an MA in Fine Art and Art History in 2007-8. Mezzotint is a manière noire process, in which the image is worked from dark to light: a roughened copper plate is gradually abraded to produce variations in tone which will form the image. Those areas which have been most abraded (by scraping or burnishing) will print as the lightest of tones, while those parts of the plate in which the roughened ground has been left untouched will hold most ink and therefore print a deep rich black. The plate is inked and passed through a press with paper to produce a limited edition of hand pulled prints of great tonal strength.To find out more about mezzotint, visit the About Mezzotint page. The method, though time consuming, appeals to me in its simplicity: once I have prepared the plate I can work very directly and intuitively, pulling in images from my sketchbooks and imagination.
A member of Cork Printmakers, I currently live and work in Cork City. I have exhibited extensively both in Ireland and internationally, at venues such as the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, the Royal Ulster Academy, the International Print Triennial, Krakow.