about the art
I have been interested and influenced by globalisation throughout my life. I grew up with discussions about the practicalities of living and working on the land and what course the future will take. It fostered my interest in agriculture and the politics of production. Along side this I have been an avid consumer of sci-fi in books, comics, TV and film and their visions of alternative worlds.
For my degree show, I examined the politics of agricultural labour through stitch, investigating the relationship between the production of cotton and our treatment of the finished cloth. Now, when production is so removed from our experience, how can we value the labour and time of garment makers and its impact on the world? Particularly as we are so distanced from making. How can we know the true cost of our actions when the repercussions are outsourced?
Academically, my writing has been focused on popular media, my final thesis was on “The Influence of Identity on the Reception of Comics: Untangling the Affect of Mainstream Comics from The United States on the Representation of Minorities”. I have always seen these media as having a powerful overt and subliminal effect on our society and now my interests have converged in new practice-based research on how to create positive images of a realistic future using popular sci-fi to engage a broad audience.
about the artist
Sadhbh Ella Mae is an emerging artist from the West of Ireland who developed a practice in textiles at CCAD, graduating in 2016, now based in Cork. On graduating she was awarded the Graduate Textiles Residency for 2016/17 during which she assisted with the exhibition SKIN/NAHK/ODA. She was also awarded one of the CIT Arts Office Awards 2016/2017: Arts Development Bursary Awards in order to travel to Estonia to help with the exhibition. Her graduating work was short-listed for the Future Maker Awards & Supports 2016.