11/8/2023 - 10/10/2023
Maria's work is often conceptual based and focuses on concepts of place, such as psychogeography, the derive, deep mapping, rhythm analysis, heterotopias, and the flaneur. She is interested in exploring different places and identifying different patterns in the landscape and the behaviour of the people who interact with a particular landscape. She likes to wander and explore the city or landscape and find, react and capture moments of everyday life. In past years she has often looked at the concepts of place in urban areas, but in recent years after a trip to southeast Asia she discovered scuba diving and a whole other world beneath the surface of the sea. She is now intrigued with exploring and documenting underwater aquatic spaces and coastal places surround the island of Ireland. She is interested in mapping and identifying different rhythms, that the wildlife, plant life and human life have on this diverse and sometimes under documented landscape.
Maria McSweeney (1998) is a recent graduate from Limerick School of Art and Design specializing in Sculpture and Combined Media. She is currently based in Mallow, Co. Cork. She is both a conceptual artist and a documentary photographer. She works in a range of media including drawing, writing, dance, animation, video, photography, experimental film and found objects. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland, England, Spain, Germany, and Indonesia. Her most recent projects include Women from the Inside, Capturing Canggu, The Rural People of Bali and Lombok, and the DP postcard project.
Upcoming opportunities include an analogue photography residency with the Darkroom Dublin, an exhibition residency with Leitrim sculpture centre, an underwater photography project documenting the coral and wildlife in the Aran Islands, a solo exhibition in Clonakilty community arts centre, and participation in the Douglas Hyde student forum for 2023.