Nubivagant (Cloud wanderer) Series
Inspired by the dramatic winter skies of the Scottish Highlands, these pieces were developed on the ISGNE artist residency at Northlands Creative in Scotland. Soft colours are captured in discs of fine Bullseye glass then allowed to gently fold in the kiln, resulting in vessels which hold the serenity of the natural world.
Let's Hook Up Series
‘Let’s Hook Up’ began in 2016 in response to the 8th amendment abortion laws in Ireland, to explore the taboo nature of the female body and sexuality. The pieces are glass illustrations of underwear, they capture the moment after these last items of clothing are taken off. I utilise the narratives of lingerie which fascinate me; the separation from functionality to highly decorative intimate apparel that is sensual and often impractical, creates layers of meaning that are often confusing and contradictory. Glass is the perfect medium to explore this dynamic of power and vulnerability, it is a seductive substance with a contradictory nature - both fragile and dangerous. It has an emotive quality which accentuates the powerful underlying messages. In these works, the glass gives a feeling of ephemerality, it emphasises the sense of delicacy and intimacy and the potential breaking of taboo.
I hope exhibiting this series will create opportunities for open conversation and engagement, transforming subject matter that may cause feelings of discomfort or embarrassment into something beautiful and empowering.