Fiona Kelly – Loquium


A field of multiple destructions – A Lecture By Fiona Kelly


Fiona Kelly’s material practice manifests itself through sculpture, print and text based media. Her work
often draws on the natural to pose questions on disposability and transience within contemporary land
use.


In this presentation a field of multiple destructions, Kelly will introduce you to her material library of ply
wood, waste concrete, dust, bitumen, cardboard and crushed glass. This library of foraged by-products
are not only her materials, but also her subject matter, building a cyclical dialogue to explore this
unsettled earth. Through ongoing collaborations with key material innovators, historians and geologists,
Kelly explores how complex ecological systems are seen as resources to be exploited, and how
mountains became overburden.


Biography
Fiona Kelly has been widely exhibited, current shows include Visions of an Unsettled Earth, Sirius Arts
Centre; Stories from Lismore & Beyond, Lismore Castle Arts and Double Vision, IPEP, India.
Solo shows include ‘Overburden’ Triskel, Cork; ‘The Dirt that Measures All Our Time’ Mermaid Arts
Centre ‘The Great Heap’ Leitrim Sculpture Centre & at the Luan Gallery, Westmeath. Group shows
include ‘Mouth of a Shark’, Edinburgh Printmakers, UK, ‘Field Study’ The Auxiliary, UK; ‘Sustainable
Futures’ Sirius, Cork; ‘The Dispersed Gallery’, MAW, UK & I Went to the Woods, the artist as wanderer,
Glucksman, Cork.


Kelly has been awarded prestigious residencies at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre; The Burren College of
Art; Art Students League of New York; BIAP Platform China. She is a European Pépinières Laurate, an
accolade which enabled the production of her debut solo show ‘There Are Thousands of Taps Dripping’
at Ratamo Galleria, Finland in 2013. Recent notable accomplishments include the acquisition of work by
the National Gallery of Ireland and publication in ArtReview.

This lecture took place on 3rd September 2020 at 1:00pm