Kate McElroy

Kate McElroy
29 November 2022 to 2 January 2023
Studio 3

Open Studio - Saturday 17 December

Kate McElroy is a multidisciplinary artist currently based between Cork and Limerick. She received a first class honours masters degree from Crawford College of Art and Design (2021).

Kate will use this time at Uillinn to experiment with the interplay of photography and installation elements in her work.

Kate examines the homogenization of place and the industrialization of space and time. Capturing the development of new glass and steel architecture in major cities such as Dublin, London, Cork and Lisbon she contrasts this with images taken from ruins from a post-industrial site in Barreiro, Portugal. She will use this opportunity to explore the interplay between images, found waste material, sound and text to create environments which capture the space between construction and deconstruction. She questions this current moment of precarity between our natural and built environments. 

She does this through a lens of seeing the world in a constant state of interrelated processes of flux. Rooted in process philosophy, this perspective has agency as it means our choices have affect.

Past Residencies
29 March to 19 June 2021 / 19 June to 10 July - Open Studio Exhibition

29 June to 21 July 2020 / 21 - 31 July - Open Studio Exhibition


​A layering of space and time, my work interplays found elements and photography. Traces of places, 

A sense of flux, capturing an environment that is in transit and transformation is contrasted by a sense of presence and slow observation. I am interested in the intermingling invisible forces that affects our environments and actions. 

I capture elements on the edge of abstraction, stretching the usual register of perception. I present an ambiguity, so the viewer has space to recreate and move beyond the visible. The work often implements an optical oscillation, through this it subtly suggests a malleable, unfixed reality. 

My work captures a place in process, simultaneously constructing and deconstructing. It highlights a betweenness, where definitive boundaries dissolve .   .      .
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Through correlating photographic processes and re-presenting materials often discarded and overlooked, I prise open a gap. 

An opening, to consider an alternative___​















Image details: Image 1: Cascading, high, exhibited at PADA studios exhibition, Barreiro, Portugal, August 2022
Image 2: 35mm, Barreiro, Portugal
Image 3: Glass installation, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Open studio exhibition, July 2020
Image 4: 35mm, Cork City

Kate McElroy in conversation with Moze Jacobs 

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.

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