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Representation and Identity within post-conflict Northern Ireland is the main imperative of my work. Using a range of formal techniques drawn from the canon of fine art classicism, I work in dialogue between idealised versions of society expressed through the classical period and potential constructions of the ideal within contemporary, post-conflict, Northern Ireland.

 

A large proportion of my work at present is made using Parian porcelain, a hard paste porcelain that is famed for emulating Parian marble, the substance used for carving many of the Greek and Roman sculptures from antiquity. Even though Parian is extremely hard after firing, the nature of the material exudes a kind of softness and elasticity, (almost fleshy) which at the same time formally emulates the characteristics of marble. In content, the reference to the classical period that the work allows enables me to make a conceptual bridge between idealised versions of society much in debate during the classical period and the necessity for continually suspended versions of the ideal within a post-conflict society.  Northern Ireland as a region is consistently working towards peace; persistently speaking and striving to move towards an indeterminate point in the future where real, meaningful and lasting peace between tribal communities has been realized.  The schism between idealized forms of civil society and consistently suspended versions of the ideal in post conflict society is at the heart of this work.

 

The materials involved in this work contain Porcelain, Parian Porcelain, Irish Lace, Underglaze, China Paint, Gold, Platinum & Pearl Lustres.  This body of work was made from 2009 - 2014.

 

Several pieces are part of the Collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in private collections nationally and internationally.

 

Each piece is individually cast and hand painted.  

Porcelain Sculpture

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Balaclava Bust - Parian Porcelain & Lace, 2014
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Rioter - Parian Porcelain 2014
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Bruiser detail
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Still Life - After Giuseppe Arcimboldo Parian Porcelain 2015
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Born - Parian Porcelain, Private Collection 2013
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Born Back Detail
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Born Back View
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Pope Joan, Parian Porcelain 2015
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Bruised Bust with Flowers
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Pope Joan, Parian Porcelain 2015
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From the Soil, Parian Porcelain 2016
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From the Soil, Parian Porcelain 2016
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Mixed - Parian Porcelain, 2013 Private Collection
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Mixed
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Side View
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Bonfire - Parian Porcelain, 2014 / Private Collection
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Bonfire Detail
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For God and Ulster - Parian Porcelain, Stain & Lace, 2014
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FLEG - Ursula Burke-Parian Porcelain & Stain-2014
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Fleg - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2014
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Fleg - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2014
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Papa - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2014
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Civil Society - Parian Porcelain, Stain & Cotton, 2014
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Tenement - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2014
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The Cycle - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2014
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The Cycle - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2014
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The Cycle - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2014
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The Cycle Install
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Tattoo - Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2013
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Tattoo Back View- Parian Porcelain & Stain, 2013
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The Protagonist - Porcelain, China Paint, Glaze & Gold Lustre, 2013/ Ltd Edition
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The Three Gracies - Porcelain, China Paint, Glaze & Gold Lustre / PrivCollection
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Install detail
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Houses - Porcelain, Glaze & Decal, 2013
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Houses - Porcelain, Glaze & Decal, 2013
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Super Mario - Porcelain, Underglaze & Glaze, 2012
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Super Mario - Porcelain, Underglaze & Glaze, 2012/ Arts Council NI Collection
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The Dynamics of Power - Porcelain & Glaze, 2012
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The Dynamics of Power Install
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Hetty- Porcelain, China Paint & Lace, 2013 / Private Collection
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