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Nollaig Molloy, Artist in Residence 2017

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Artist Statement: Nollaig Molloy’s work derives from a fascination with the 'material-to-hand' and ‘objects of necessity’ and progresses through modes of in-depth research and engagement with people and their environments. She explores the perception of the everyday and essences of materials, how and where they are harvested. Focusing on the interplay between material, people and their surroundings, her work draws from spatial and material site specificity. Examining aspects and techniques of making, she explores the crafting of material from it's past to present use, incorporating it within contemporary contexts.

For her residency at LSC Molloy will examine the traditional use of locally sourced clay or daub in the construction of everyday objects and dwellings. Daub clay, as a material-to-hand, supplied many clay industries within the county of Leitrim from Carrick-on-Shannon, Dromahair, Lurganboy, Glenfarne, Lough Allen and Keeldrin through brick-making, pottery, crocks and jugs and it's early uses are evident in simple architectural structures using wattle and daub. Molloy will utilize this historical use of daub clay in constructing a gallery installation that includes a sound work composed from old Irish words and phrases that describe the sites where clay was once used and the importance of this material in shaping a sense of place.

Biography: Molloy is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Roscommon. Graduating from NCAD in 2012, she received a BA (Hons) History of Art and Fine Art Sculpture. Her practice includes drawing, video and site specific sculptural installation.  Recent solo and group exhibitions include Material Witness at Roscommon Arts centre in 2016, hɛkəl~s (heckles), TACTIC Cork, Cork City in 2015 and HERE/NOWas part of Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon in 2014. Other recent achievements include being awarded a CREATE Artist In the Community Scheme, Project Realisation Award in 2017 to support Sounding the Shore; a project based on Lough Ree, Co. Roscommon in collaboration with Ballyleague-Lanesborough Men's Shed and their geographical supporting network on the lake's shore. An Individual Artist Bursary from Leitrim Arts Office in 2017, a residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary from the Roscommon Arts Office in 2016 and Bealtaine Festival Artist-in-Residence in 2016 and 2017 in the Roscommon Arts Centre. In 2015 she was recipient of CREATE Artist In the Community Scheme, Research and Development Phase with mentor Gareth Kennedy.