My name is Méadhbh O’Connor (“Maeve”) born Dublin, 1984. I am an artist who works at the conjunction of art, science and environmentalism. My practice is ideas-driven and I work primarily through sculpture, installation, multimedia, drawing, and the written and spoken word.
For many years as an artist, I have been driven by a deep interest in science and the environment which led me to immerse myself in scientific communities. This was due to identifying with scientific thinking and a pantheistic perspective I hold that sees all of nature––all the universe––as an overarching structure which binds all its constituent parts.
My projects range from large-scale installations to ephemeral, biological or temporal works. These tend to oscillate between carefully designed projects to other projects that explore materials with changing, living or other less controllable qualities. Many have an experimental aspect to their material outcome or to the process of making the work, and are underpinned by environmental and scientific concerns.
More recently, I have begun to recognise the significant role that Ireland’s long tradition of connectedness with the landscape has had on my psyche, and I am exploring this through prose poetry and other forms. My recent work tries to reconcile this bodily and essential connection to the land with the increasing presence of new technologies in our societies and the potential birth of A.I. consciousness in the coming years. I view nature, the artificial and the psychological as constituting the same spiritual existence.
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 where I subsequently taught interdisciplinary modules of my own design to undergraduate science students. Most recently I have begun a long-term collaboration with Harish Bhaskaran, Professor of Nanomaterials, at the University of Oxford where I am Artist in Residence at the Department of Materials at Prof Bhaskaran’s invitation (from Spring 2021).
I have shown in many exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. 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 (organised as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of Erwin Schrödinger’s seminal lecture series he gave in Dublin, 1943). 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.
For a list of selected exhibitions and other experience, please see my C.V.