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meadhbh_oconnor_circle_shadow_2018 Méadhbh O’Connor (pronounced in English, ‘Maev’), born 1984, is an Irish artist whose work consists of an extended exploration of natural phenomena and our attempts to understand these through the lens of both art and science.

Her projects oscillate between carefully designed projects to others that explore materials with changing, living or other less controllable qualities. These can range from large-scale sculptural installations to ephemeral, biological or temporal works.

She is very active and interested in exploring parallels between the creative arts and natural sciences whilst acknowledging the autonomy of and specialities unique to each discipline. She has worked alongside scientists for a number of years now, individuals with whom she shares mutual interests in the natural world and in environmental topics. This has led to her developing cross-disciplinary educational programmes which she teaches to undergraduate science students. She was Artist in Residence at the University College Dublin (UCD) College of Science and is, to date, the only artist to receive this award twice (in 2013 and 2017).

Méadhbh has shown in many solo and group exhibitions in her early career. In a major breakthrough, she was recently selected to exhibit at the supranational Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th International Venice Biennale of Art 2017, the oldest and most prestigious art exhibition in the world.

She was selected by a jury of highly influential figures including the Commissioner of the Antarctic Biennale and artist Alexander Ponomarev (RU), curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist (CH/U.K.), architect Hani Rashid (U.S.A./CA), curator Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi (UAE) and curator Nadim Samman (DE).

For a full list of exhibitions please select C.V.