Thursday 7/21/16 time 9:48 AM
Background as an artist
I studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design, in Ireland. I graduated in 2012, have been exhibiting regularly both at home and abroad since then, and had a solo show in April at Inspire Gallery, Dublin.
How did you end up choosing your media? Best/worst sides of it?
My original training was in ceramics, and I was used to approaching an idea with a 3D outcome in mind. However, when I moved to Korea in 2014 I no longer had access to a kiln, and started to experiment with other media. This led to the mixed media format I work in now, using inks, paints, found materials and embroidery on paper.
Overall I enjoy the freedom I have in painting. I had limited formal training as a painter, so I can experiment and use whatever is to hand without overthinking the process; something I struggled with when working in ceramics. It can lead to some surprising results, as I am often discovering the material as I use it. However sometimes this lack of formal training can work against me, as I can struggle to realise a project to the standard I would like.
What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?
I find it much easier to coherently express my thoughts on a page, and enjoy producing something and seeing how an audience responds to it. In my opinion the most difficult part is constantly questioning yourself and your work; wondering if you’ve just finished a really nice piece or if you’ve just wasted the entire day!
Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa?
Yes, this is my first time here. I came to the area without overly researching Joutsa; I wanted to see and learn about the area first hand, especially when I knew I would have the time here to really get to know the place. I find the landscape here fascinating, the relatively flat open spaces hemmed in with seemingly endless trees makes an interesting contrast to the mountainous countryside in Switzerland.
What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency?
The time you have, to really focus on your work without distractions. I don’t think it shows in a finished piece how much thought goes into the concept or the making of an artwork, and that the hours spent creating something are a much more involved process than just doodling on a page! Having a month to sort through my ideas has given me a clear idea of what direction I want to follow in my work next, and has allowed me the freedom to experiment with materials also.
What are your plans after Haihatus?
After Haihatus I will go back to Switzerland. I am hoping to exhibit my work more regularly in the coming year, as well as apply for some residency programs in Ireland and Europe.
How does Haihatus meet your expectations?
This was the first time I completed an artist residency, and already I feel like I would like to stay longer! The peaceful surroundings and relaxed atmosphere make it a very productive place for me to work, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience here.
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