about the art
My artistic practice is concerned with investigating the themes of landscape and memory through painting. An ongoing process of studio and site based research, making and exhibiting enables me to explore the idea that how we experience a given landscape is unfixed, and contingent upon deep-rooted beliefs and memories. In recent work I have concentrated on sites that occupy the margins of urban and rural places - these include suburbs, coastlines, docklands and agricultural land, in the belief that they have the potential to evoke, and at the same time obscure, natural and human narratives. These peripheral sites attract me, because of their location at a geographical and territorial interface, and the challenges encountered when rendering their inherent divergences and coherences in paint. The physical, and topographical properties of these spaces and the impact this has on the psyche, emotions and memory is, for me, intriguing. The original place of inspiration is to some extent lost or altered in translation, as it is processed through the act of making, recollection and reconstructing. The writings of W.G. Sebald, especially in relation to memory and our attempts to recapture an ever allusive past, are an ongoing reference for my work.
Sebald, W.G. (1997). The Rings of Saturn. New Directions.
about the artist
Bradley is a visual artist based in Cork. Her practice consists mainly of painting but also installation of found and made objects.
Since graduating from the Crawford College of art and design, with a BA in fine art painting, in 2007, she has secured many exhibition and dissemination opportunities. She has cultivated a reflective, commercial and open approach to her practice, while also building national and international audiences and professional networks. In 2013 she completed an MA in fine art and process.
In 2017, her work was selected for group exhibitions at Wandesford Quay Gallery, and The Lavit gallery. She was also selected for a solo exhibition The more you see,the less you hold at Sternview Cork. The exhibition was accompanied by still there and ready, a collaborative publication containing images of paintings by Bradley and text and poems by Sarah Hayden. This was selected by Oonagh Young for Interwoven, Dublin Art Book Fair.
Design Pop - Thompson House, Cork - Group show
Selected Members Show - Sample Studios, Cork - Group show
Nostalgia - Art no 23, The Old Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey, London, UK - group exhibition
Thresholds Gonzo unit, Thessaloniki, Greece- group exhibition at with International Jury to select for solo show.
Illegible frontiers series - Misc Arts Timisoara, Romania - Shown by invitation
Illegible frontiers series - Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus, Athens - Shown by invitation
The more you see, The less you hold - Sternview Gallery, Nash 19, Cork - Solo show
Culture night Cork: Meet with the public and talk about work at Sternview Gallery
still there and ready - a collaborative publication (images of paintings by Bradley, text and poems by Sarah Hayden). This was selected by Oonagh Young for Interwoven, Dublin Art Book Fair
Meanwhile - Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork - Group Show
Life's Worth Talking About - Cork City Hall - group show