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01/10/2020 - 01/06/2021

Catriona Leahy’s work engages in sites wherein a particular dissonance manifests itself temporally, spatially or aesthetically, where anachronistic objects, architecture or particular landscape tropes usher the past into focus with the present. To that end, her interest lies in the remains of cultural phenomena that have been displaced, or have lost their significance in our “progress-driven”, globalised society. Residues on the landscape of our industrial past and by extension, the impact this human intervention has had on our environment also provide material for investigating the repercussions of a society driven by progress. Through a process of intervention in the image using print, photography, moving image, installation and sculpture, attention is drawn to transformations, latent aspects and layered histories.

More recent work has been preoccupied with the question of how to reimagine the landscape in a time of ecological crisis and considers the politics of land use. Here, the work often focusses on anthropogenic landscapes – landscapes made or transformed by man’s intervention. Processes of extraction, often violent in their assault on the landscape, are a point of focus as well as the imagined future and latent consequences of such actions. Derived from the Dutch word Landschap, landscape by its very definition acknowledges the shaping of the land by people. In an ever-evolving landscape, it is only much later that the repercussions of human intervention can be truly determined. The latency of a visual manifestation of such activities, teaches us that the consequences of our actions in one moment can have any number of outcomes – undetermined and unpredictable. It is this temporal latency that is of concern for Catriona – the ripples or tremors that are experienced or perceived, only much later after the event, as traces that meld into the fabric of our present.

Catriona Leahy

Catriona Leahy is an artist based at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios where she holds a 3-year studio membership (2018-2021). She is also member of the Board of Directors at TBG&S. Catriona received her MA in Print from Royal College of Art, London in 2013 during which time she was awarded two study bursaries. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include How the land lies at Sirius Arts Centre, Cork (2020); Fast Slow Fast CCA Derry~Londonderry (2019); Unfolding Landscapes at De Cacaofabriek in Helmond, The Netherlands (2018); Coup de Ville, 3rd International Triennial Exhibition in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (2016); Relief in Time, Rijksmuseum Twenthe Enschede, The Netherlands (2015). She is currently working towards a group exhibition, Agitation Co-op, in December 2020 at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, with artists Michele Horrigan (IRE), Laurie Robins (UK/IRE) and Libita Sibungu (UK), curated by Michael Hill.

Recent awards include Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary (2018), Culture Ireland Award (2018, 2016, 2011), Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (2016), AN Artist Bursary UK (2016). She has been the recipient of numerous international residencies such as The Frans Masereel Centre (2015, 2014, 2009), FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists (2014) - both in Belgium, Kloster-Bentlage near Munster, Germany and The Florence Trust in London (2015 – 2016).

Past Residencies