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Mary T Keown, Artist in Residence 2019

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Artist Statement: As part of a research degree with the University of Ulster, Keown is producing a body of paintings that demonstrate different aspects of her exploration into hyphenation as a critical tool for contemporary Irish painting. Hyphenation in its very basic sense, conjoins painting to her expanded practices. Having worked through temporal and psycho-analytical considerations she has developed a way to repeat abstract expressionist modes from a feminist perspective, in order to restage questions about expression through the feminine imaginary. Her expanded practice contemplates aspects of life along the border and includes various representations of a divided subject in a divided state. The themes of smuggling and surveillance are explored to reveal insights into the visibility and invisibility of the feminine subject in this particular site of contestation. Speaking as a 'nomadic subject', her relation to this border as a nomad who crosses it every-day and being partly of both places, incurs a double duty- this syntactical shift in her thinking has consequences for the role for the hyphen in post-colonial discourse.

Biography: Born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland in 1974, Keown now lives and works in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. She is currently a researcher at the University of Ulster, reading feminism and the history of abstract painting. Her work includes video and writing and is aligned to her painting which engages with abstract expressionist processes. She has exhibited her work throughout Ireland, and internationally. She studied at University of Ulster for her B.A. Fine Art, Painting degree, and graduated in 1997. She has exhibited internationally and nationally with shows in Tokyo, Japan, Bilbao, Belfast and Dublin. She has won many awards including the Ireland Fund of Great Britain- artist of the year award in 2001 and her work is housed in many public and private collections.