Niamh Seana Meehan

Updated: 27 Feb 2024

Niamh Seana Meehan, a visual artist based in Co Armagh, explores a diverse range of mediums including written work, visual art, and performance in her practice.

She articulates her approach as follows: "Performative activities function as spaces where the body experiences disorientation, misunderstanding, fatigue, and anxiety. The amalgamation and intersection of concepts within her work have led her to focus on creating event-based occurrences."

Currently, her work titled "Ephemerality" delves into the nuanced sensations of embodiment in relation to both environment and corporeality. Over the past five years, Niamh has been immersed in sea swimming, a pursuit that has informed her ongoing exploration, now evolving into a floating methodology.Her initial inquiry involved studying seal behavior as a means to anticipate weather patterns. Delving into folklore and anecdotes from fishermen regarding seal behavior, she uncovered the tradition of weather prediction based on observations of seals' actions the preceding day.

During her research, she visited Bere Island, where retired fishermen imparted their wisdom on predicting weather through tidal observations. At present, she's weaving together these disparate narratives in pursuit of a cohesive outcome for her residency.

As a foundation for this endeavor, she's delved into various texts including 'The People of the Sea' by David Thomson, 'The Edge of the Sea' by Rachel Carson, 'When Species Meet' by Donna J. Haraway, and 'The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction' by Ursula Le Guin.