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Our banner - Celina Muldoon

Photo Credit Declan Kelly © 

Our banner is built from the work of Celina Muldoon.

Artist statement:

Celina Muldoon is an artist based in Northwest Ireland. Central to her practice is an investigation into the complexities of living within fringe territories. Living on the border between North and South Muldoon explores themes of Identity, memory and surveillance between socio-political structures and the body. Muldoon particularly focuses on border territories both physical and metaphorical striving to identify and consolidate the emotional, psychological and long term effects of existing within this precarious environment. Her work spans Live Performance, Film and Installation. She uses collaborative processes to test live performance methodologies in response to site and context. Her unique Live Installations and videos generate uncertainty through satire and wit. Critical triggers of Muldoon's live work rely upon audience participation and interaction. Audio and live installation elements work in tandem to manifest highly charged emotional experiences unfolding momentarily in real time.

With a particular focus on the intimate space and the analysis of the body as representation of political agency, her work is realised through sci-fi re-enactments of mythological narratives. Often what arises through her Live Performances is a deep emotional connection between participants and the audience. Her primary motivation is to cultivate moments of magic and fantasy. Within this surrealist environment she conjures human connection with the viewer and strives to promote a collective sense of tolerance, compassion and empathy.

Artist bio:

Research projects include collaboration with the dept. of Neuroscience in Trinity College Dublin. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in Bushwick Studios N.Y., Cyberarts Gallery, Boston and with Craw festival Berlin. Her major multi-disciplinary work SIRENS has been funded by the Next Generation Award and the Artist in the Community Scheme Award from the Arts Council. Selected exhibitions include SIRENS for Live Collision, Dublin, 2019, SIRENS III solo exhibition in Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, 2019 and SIRENS IV in Futures: Series 3; Episode 3, R.H.A. Dublin, 2019. She has completed residencies in Cowhouse Studios and Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig. Her practice was selected as Temple Bar Gallery Artist in residence in St. Vincent's Primary School, Dublin supported by The Central Bank.

Celina has received the commission award from the arts Council in partnership with Pallas Projects and Studios. Together they are working with schools and communities in D8., around Biodiversity and climate action. She will be mentoring workshops for the "Breaking Ground" project curated by Paola Catizone in IMMA this summer.

She is also collaborating with Rhonda Mc Govern and the centre for environmental humanities in the history department of Trinity college Dublin. Celina is following Mc Govern's research into ancient Babylonia and will be disseminating the findings through performance and moving image.

You can find out more about Celina's work at her website and follow her on social media to keep up with her work:

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