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Kathleen O'Leary, Artist in Residence 2015/16

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Artist Statement: Kathleen is an artist based in Ireland. She completed a Masters Degree in Art in the Contemporary World from NCAD, Dublin, 2013 and a B.F.A (Hons) Degree, I.T., Sligo, 2005. Her visual arts practice involves creating and developing a particular goal towards inclusion and participation within an artistic and research context.
Her interests in communicating interpretations of the body and the landscape have become a cohesive language.  She often includes her own body within this lexicon.  In recent years collaborations with artists, musicians, performers and technicians have created new interactive audio/visual artworks.

As an artist her work is multidisciplinary including processes such as drawing, printmaking, video, sculpture installation, photography and interactive media.  These layers conceptualise and create reflections on the ever-changing world by utilizing the abstract space in-between to create a unique perspective and pliable structure.

These have become her methods for navigating the blurry terrain of memory and imagination, reflecting her viewpoint of the world.  She traces and retraces, tracing her path, mapping serves as a metaphor for searching, an implication of the unknown in wide, open spaces, paralleled with her personal confines, exploring 'time and space' in her research methodologies.

Biography: As a visual artist O'Leary's artworks are multidisciplinary in nature that include Drawing, Painting, Video, Installation, Photography and Interactive Media. She screened 'Second Sight | Site' at Corina Fastnet Short International Film Festival in Schull West Cork, May, at 'Mercurial' for The Five Glens Arts Festival, Manorhamilton, August and 'Saloon' at Catalyst Arts Members show, Belfast, UK. (All premieres.)  She curated 'Mercurial', a series of Irish and International short and feature films during The Five Glens Arts Festival in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton.  In 2013 O'Leary screened her short film 'Second Sight | Site' during the exhibition 'Second Sait', Leitrim Sculpture Centre.  One of her shorts was screened for Culture Night with MART's 'We Wear Short Shorts' Dublin 2013 and Riverside Studios – The Irish Film Festival London, 2012.  She launched her second solo show 'Fifth Wheel Element Project' at Pallas Projects, Dublin 2013.

Her work has toured with ‘The Peace Project’ with The Whole 9, exhibiting in Oakland, CA, USA.  One of her sketchbooks was included in KRF:1 Artist Notebook Project, Droichead Arts Centre and Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare.

Her solo show 'Open Book | Leabhar Oscailte', was exhibited at The Working Artists Studio/Gallery, West Cork 2012. She also exhibited at Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, Tower Museum Derry City Council Heritage and Museum, ADF Gallery Belfast, Newcastle Artists Society's, CityBase, Uk.  In 2009 one of her digital prints 'Ode to Grandmother' was included in 'Impossible Exchange’, PS1, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK, she has also exhibited at The Model, Sligo and The Leitrim Design House in 2005.

O'Leary took part in the Residency including participating in and attending symposiums in Ireland, Sweden and Poland.  She also took part in the symposium 'Pathways to Practice', at the Glucksman Gallery, UCC, with the Fire-Station Artist Studios, Dublin and Arts and Disability Ireland 2013.  In 2012 she was selected for the artists residency with Victoria Vesna and Anna Macleod amongst others with the Well-Beings Project.  She was lead artist, facilitator, project director, for the project ‘Liminality; Different Views/Viewing Difference, A cross-border initiative between ('06-'12).