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I work with immersive installation – combinations of sculpture, live sound, light, moving image and kinetics. My approach to materials is experimental, producing works that often operate within a live state of malfunction or breakdown. The precarious nature of these works explores power dynamics and forms of conflict, violence and vulnerability. Within tis broader context, further subtexts are developed related to ideas of failure, and impacts of disconnectedness and isolation. These concepts are addressed through feelings of uncertainty, unease, discomfort, and instability prompted by a physical engagement with the work.

Margaret O’Brien

Margaret O’Brien is a visual artist based between UK and Ireland. She studied BA at Limerick School of Art, and MFA at the Slade School of Art, London. Here, she studied under artists such as Phyllida Barlow, Simon Starling, Tim Head and Liz Rhodes. O’Brien has also completed an MPhil and PhD at Trinity College Dublin.

O’Brien has won significant public funding for her work from Arts Council England, Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Board UK, Artist Information Network (A-N), University College London, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin city councils, and other bodies. She has exhibited widely, examples include Citè Internationale des Arts, Paris; Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art; Galerie Schüster Berlin; Torrence Art Museum Los Angeles; Royal Hiberninan Academy, Dublin; Fieldgate Gallery, London; FE MacWilliam Gallery, Northern Ireland, and VISUAL, Carlow. Recent artist residencies include Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Helsinki International Artist Program, Finland; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin; and Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Her work is held in public collections such as Arts Council of Ireland; Allied Irish Bank; GE Aviation; and AXA Insurance.

O’Brien was a lecturer in fine art at Crawford College of Art, Cork and is a lecturer in fine art at National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

Past Residencies