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meadhbh_oconnor_circle_shadow_2018 Méadhbh O’Connor (pronounced in English, ‘Maeve’), 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 led to her develop cross-disciplinary educational programmes which she taught to undergraduate science students from 2015–2019. 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 by invitation in 2017.

Méadhbh has shown in many solo and group exhibitions in her early career. In a recent breakthrough, she was selected to exhibit at the supranational Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale of Art (2017).

She was selected by a jury of 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).

Following almost a decade of professional practice working from Ireland, in October 2019 Méadhbh will be taking up graduate study at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

For a list of exhibitions please select C.V.