My name is Méadhbh O’Connor (“Maeve”) born Dublin, 1984. I am a visual artist whose work explores the intersections of art, science, technology and eco futurism. In my work I attempt to collide the poetic and the analytic, the spiritual and the technological, the expressive and the restrained, the natural and the engineered; in an effort to find resonance amongst these different registers. I use sculptural and multimedia installation art, photography, drawing, and the written and spoken word.
For many years I have been driven by a deep interest in science and the environment which has led me to immerse myself in scientific communities. This is due to identifying with scientific thinking and a panentheistic perspective I hold that sees all of nature in terms of a single overarching structure.
I spent a number of years contributing to Ireland’s growing art, science and environmental movement. I was twice awarded the Artist in Residence Award (in 2013 and by invitation in 2017) at the College of Science, University College Dublin. Amongst other projects, I am currently developing a collaboration with Harish Bhaskaran, Professor of Applied Nanomaterials, at the University of Oxford where I am an invited Artist in Residence with Harish’s research group.
I have shown in many exhibitions in Ireland and internationally. Brief examples include ‘New Era, Artists for Climate Change,’ Solstice Arts Centre, Meath, Ireland, 2020; ‘Climate Simulator,’ Earth Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland, 2018 (solo); ‘Eco-connectivity,’ Berlin Science Week, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018; ‘Antarctic Pavilion‘ at the 57th Venice Biennale of Art, Italy, 2017 (selected by Alexander Ponomarev, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Hani Rashid, Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi & Nadim Samman); and ‘What is Life?,’ Wexford Arts Centre and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2018 (on the occasion of Schrödinger 75).
My work is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. I hold a Masters of Fine Art (2020) from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. I work primarily from my studio in Dublin at Pallas Projects/Studios, the Digital Hub, Dublin 8, Ireland.
For a list of selected exhibitions and other experience, please see my C.V.