about the art
My work is a result of inquiry into the ever changing and evolving states of the individual. I aim to capture the wealth of human experience from extreme highs to lows, from feelings of oneness to disconnection. There is a tension and energy apparent in my work as I explore this fluctuation between states of being.
The relationship between the body and the mind, the self and the outer world and how they affect one another or work in union is embedded in my practice. A blurring of lines between these entities is conveyed, suggesting that that are not separate but inextricably linked.
I use a variation of mediums and processes including ceramics, mixed media, photography, performance and video to express these ideas. I work in an intuitive yet considered manner using materials to create visceral and dynamic effects.
At present I am working on a series of mixed media drawings which incorporate natural materials. Using semi transparent papers, inks and organic materials I evoke an ephemeral quality. These abstract pieces are a result of a synthesis of perception and emotion, the inner consciousness and the outer world amalgamating. The work in informed by varied and contrasting ontological theories such as Heidegger and his work ‘on being’.
about the artist
Kate McElroy is a contemporary artist currently based in Cork City. Originally from Limerick she completed her B.A. in ceramics in L.S.A.D. in 2013 and a Higher Diploma in Art Education in 2014.
She is about to begin an MA in Art and Process from Crawford Art college and currently works as the Public Engagement Assistant at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.
She has exhibited and performed nationally and Internationally including taking part in a recent new media exhibition 'Building Bridges' which toured India and Myanmar. Past exhibitions include her solo show 'Effusion' in Clonakilty Arts Centre and a 2 person show 'Plexus' in Galway City Gallery.