My work considers the complexities that structure our everyday environment. Selecting things that already exist in the world for purposes of distraction, consumption or insulation, I configure a process of manipulation in response to their form and underlying properties. Handcraft and repetitive production line maneuvers are often employed to achieve the determined outcome. In an environment where the unseen (microscopic, atomic) is becoming ever more manipulable, which in turn affects our relationship to the physical, mine is a gesture to contemplate the unrevealed systems that constitute our daily reality and coax visual stimulus from within their structure to the surface.
CV & Education
Maria McKinney (b. 1982)
Maria McKinney is from Donegal and based in Dublin, Ireland.
McKinney has made a number of solo exhibitions including the RHA, Dublin, Ireland (2016) Lokaal 01, Antwerp, Belgium (2016) La Permanence, Clermont- Ferrand, France (2015), the MAC, Belfast UK (2012) the Lab, Dublin, Ireland (2010) and the Context Gallery, Derry, UK (2008).
A selection of group exhibitions include The Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland, (2017), The Void Gallery, Derry, U.K. (2015), Tulca Visual Arts Festival, Galway (2015 and 2013), Kilkenny Arts Festival (2011), eva International, Biennale of Visual Art, Limerick (2010), The Douglas Hyde Gallery 3 program (2009), all Ireland, and The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, U.S.A. (2007).
She was shortlisted for the MAC International Prize 2014, selected by Hugh Mulholland, Judith Nesbitt and Francesco Bonami.
Her work is part of the collections of Europol, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Office of Public Works and Bank of Ireland.
Residency awards include: Skowhegan, Maine, USA, 2017, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland 2017-2020, Parity Studios, science resident UCD, Dublin, Ireland 2015-2016, Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin, Ireland 2012- 2015, Banff Centre Residency, Canada, funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland 2010, The Red Stables, Dublin City Council, Ireland 2009.
Sire is included in the exhibition Somewhere in Between at the Wellcome Collection, London in 2018.
In 2019, Sire will travel to the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading UK.