Our Latest Artist in Residence Brigid Mulligan

22 Jul 2021
Niamh Gregory By Niamh Gregory

Creative Spark would like to welcome it's latest Artist in Residence, Brigid Mulligan! Coming all the way from Galway, can't wait to see what she gets up to during her time here! While her main discipline is sculpting, Brigid also has undertaken printmaking workshops to further develop and progress in this field. Including but not limited to; aquatint acid etching, photo etching, intaglio and relief printmaking.  

Through Brigid's current body of research she hopes to open up a conversation about loss and grief. Working in two strands both elements inform each other, her own body of work and developing a collaborative project with the community. 

Speaking about her current works Brigid is exploring:

''...human psychological awareness of various emotional happenings such as loss and memory. I am interested in how we as humans react to these emotional experiences and how our coping mechanisms can manifest themselves in grief as an attempt to hold on to the loss. 

For years after my brother’s death I carried an old motorcycle indicator belonging to him. This inanimate object in reality a piece of plastic, still contained a memory and in a sense a part of him. This object prompted my current body of work. I am interested in the shrine and the power of the object. Through collection and observation of objects I create drawings, prints, installations and sculptures. I collect objects that are rich in personal value yet may hold a universal empathy. I alter these objects in order to prompt the viewer to engage in a human connection of a relatable sense of grief.''

The Creative Spark Residency Programme provides opportunities for visual artists and art professionals to research and develop their practices. It supports both emerging and established visual artists working in any medium, but gives preference to those artists developing a body of work in a printmaking discipline. Each residency is supported by provision of studio space in Creative Spark, along with access to all the facilities and basic technical support. The residency generally lasts between 2-3 months. If you would like to become an Artist in Residence with Creative Spark, keep an eye out on our website for our next open call! For further information, please call us on (042) 938 5720 or email our Print Studio Coordinator at 

grainne@creativespark.ie

This programme has been generously supported by Create Louth (Arts Service of Louth County Council) 

 

Keep an eye on our social media and on our websites for updates on Brigid's work during her residency at Creative Spark!