Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan
10 January to 30 March 2019.
Studio open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays.

Mary Sullivan is interested in Maintenance Art and its critique of domestic regimes in the home. Inspired by the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles and the Maintenance Art Manifesto, she has discovered that the emphasis on gendered labour has a particular resonance with the military sites surrounding her on Bere Island, where she lives. Drawing on the subtle connections between chores in the home and military life, she has developed minimal performances that intervene the political environment.

For her residency at Uillinn, Mary will continue with these artistic explorations of the island, her association of the domestic and the military and the performance of gender, identity and in/equality through different contexts and media. Her interest in the physiological and psychological tensions between the bodies we inherit and the headspaces we inhabit will continue to inform the development of her work.

In particular, she is developing a series of works drawing on Morse Code (a method of sending text messages using a series of electronic pulses and which also can be transmitted using a series of light pulses or sound taps), the consequence of repetitiveness and the invisibility of mundane and domestic work.

Friday 8 March │ 2.00pm to 4.00pm │ International Women's Day
A Pound Stick workshop with a difference, Mary invites participants to collectively develop a Morse Code sound piece using voice and pound stick drumming.

Tea and Talk
Thursday 25 April, 11.30 am
Mary invites her peers and the public to her studio for tea and a discussion on the development of her work over the residency.

Both events are FREE but booking essential at 028 22090 and

Mary Sullivan has recently graduated from the BA (hons) Visual Art Degree Programme, Sherkin Island. Her installation for her Degree Show, At Home, At War, featured in the RDS Visual Arts Award Exhibition 2018, curated by Amanda Coogan. She is the winner of the prestigious Taylor Art Prize 2018. The Taylor Art Award is given annually to a graduate of an Irish art college or an Irish art student graduating from an art college abroad, to assist them with the development of their career as a visual artist. Selected from over 120 long listed candidates, this is the first time that a student from the BA Visual Art Degree Programme, Sherkin Island has been shortlisted, and the first time that a DIT student has won the award.


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