About

At the Chillida Foundation, San Sebastion, 2003

I began my working life as a mural painter, architectural restorer and sign writer, and have been a life-long musician.  As a visual artist, I’ve had the pleasure to exhibit in galleries and museums in the US and Europe including Gimpel Fils London, Ducal Palace Leningrad, and The Berman Museum of Art (12-year retrospective). Since the 1980’s the major part of my attention has been given to the connection between the marks we make and their ability to be containers of our human and cultural spirit. Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art has been a favourite inspiration. Visiting this gallery over the years has profoundly impacted my work, prompting me to experiment with the idea of a universal “ Calligraphy of the Spirit”. My  film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” (2010) stems from this idea, bringing a human presence to a meaningful space, and inscribing it with the line and mark of poetic light.

Over the last decade my efforts increased in both visual and technological scale, becoming more collaborative and moving closer to my dream of working with projected light and film. Projects included a larger-than-life, movable book room and an artist’s illustrated book designed for the iPod, and in 2009 and 2010,  2 large, live public light installations “SLIGLOW” and SLIGLOW2 (with a team of artists and filmmakers and 1000 members of the public). In 2012, I began work on a feature documentary.

As a young art student, I was privileged to be among those to receive the Vira I Heinz Award for Travel and Study. A young woman herself, at the turn of the 20th century, Vira Heinz had travelled by steamer around the world, and wanted to ensure that others had the opportunity to travel for study – irrespective of limited means. She became the philanthropic light of the Heinz (foods, Pittsburgh, PA) family, and her generosity to me was life-changing.  I am also grateful to have received the First Prize, Fenderesky Open Exhibition, Belfast; The Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, New York, and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Architecture and Design from Irish President Patrick Hillery. My works are in the permanent collections of The Berman Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, MoMA (Franklin Furnace Book Collection), The National Library of Ireland and The Boyle Civic Collection, Ireland.