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Christine Mackey, Artist in Residence 2020

Portfolio of previous work (Please click on image to enlarge):


Artist Statement: Current practice explores the historical, political and biodynamical ecologies of plant life through the subject of the seed and the agency of plant matter. This approach cultivates relational, site-responsive works that looks to the smaller scale, land-based notions of nature, remembering ‘localized’ farms and small gardens, common lands and vegetal systems. Lost, forgotten or effaced, these subjects are transformed in pursuit of producing something anew. The artist intention is to articulate alternative histories of place, ecosystems and plant life. Complex processes build from multiple narratives based on an assemblage of key research material, sites of interest and community integration that transform anew. This engaged and social practice embeds a series of sensitive responses in relation to site, agency and ecology.

Inter-disciplinary in approach, the drawings, archival and photographic images and texts, videos, installations, public-sited interventions, temporary events and publications generated in this process are speculative, open-ended and transient in nature. What links Mackey’s works are the embedded biological, social and historical narratives of place, whilst exploring the local questions of ecology, and the evolving dialogue among peoples perception of their environment through vegetal matters and their broader social and environmental contexts.

Biography: Christine Mackey completed a Fulbright Creative Research Scholarship Award in 2018 pursuing independent research at institutions across the States including Art & Ecology Department, University of New Mexico; Botanic Gardens Steere Herbarium, New York; Native Seed Savers, Arizona; WormFarm Institute and GUMZ Peppermint Farm, Wisconsin.
Recent solo exhibitions include Home Grown Housing, The MERL, England; Silent Needles Speaking Flowers, The Observatory, England (2017); Provisional AC Institute New York, The Lung Kings House, Roscommon (2015), The Potting Shed Artlink Donegal, Balsam Bashing ArtLab, Rejmyre, Sweden, Labour on Draoicht Arts Centre, Dublin, Seed Matter Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny and Leitrim Sculpture Centre.
Resident artist at various cultural institutions across Europe including Grizedal Arts, England; EUCIDA  Digital art residency programme, Latvia (2019); ACA Allenheads, England (2016); Delfina Foundation, London; Agora Collective, Berlin, Utopiana Genève, Switzerland (2015); Rejmyre Art Lab, Sweden; Killruddery House and Gardens/Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow and Art & Sustainability (2014) Cambridge.
In recent times, Mackey has produced several site-specific works throughout Ireland, most notably Safe Hold Wexford Public Arts Programme (2019-2020); Ocean Flowers WHAT Waterford Healing Art Trust (2019); Of Land and Soil, Flanagan’s Field Community Garden Bealtaine Age & Opportunity (2015), The Potting Shed ArtLink Fort Dunree (2014-ongoing), Backlands Property Registration Authority, Roscommon and A Year in the Field Fingal County Council Public Arts Office (2012).

She is also author, designer and publisher of several books and pamphlets that focus on historical and political vegetal matter and site-specific social narratives.  Her work has received support from The Arts Council of Ireland Bursary and Travel Awards, Leitrim, Leitrim County Council Arts Award, Culture Ireland Exhibition Travel Awards, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarship, University of Ulster, Belfast, Fulbright Creative Research Scholarship Award, USA and received the main open award at EV+A Limerick (2003). Her work is held in collection at The Arts Council of Ireland, The Drawing Collection - Limerick City Gallery of Art, Dublin County Council and Leitrim County Council.