BIO

Ciara O’Kelly is an Irish visual artist currently living and working in New York. Her work takes the form of large scale video installations incorporating both digital and physical entities. Throughout her process, she meticulously examines the systematic generation of cyberspace whilst constructing each piece, aiming to critique our relationship to corporate bodies within a largely capitalist and digitised world. O’Kelly is particularly interested in the individual’s dual role as both a consumer and a product within the system of data capitalism and its free labour nature. She primarily uses 3D modelling programs to create virtual environments to stage videos within, whilst using these grounds to challenge the capabilities of digital forms through carefully curated physical encounters.

 

O’Kelly graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2017 with a Joint BA in Fine Art Sculpture and Visual Culture. Following this, she was the recipient of the Digital Media Graduate Award at Fire Station Artists’ Studios and later received the Young Artists’ Development Award from South Dublin County Council in 2018 & 2019. O’Kelly recently concluded a residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado.

CURRICULUM VITAE / CIARA O'KELLY

Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION

2017  BA Joint First Class Honours in Fine Art Sculpture & Visual Culture. National College of Art and

           Design, Dublin (IRE).

2016  Erasmus semester, Fine Art. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (NL).

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019  (Upcoming) Solo show at The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX (USA). 

2019  Twist and Twine, Paradice Palase in partnership with ChaShaMa, Queens, New York  (USA).  

            Curated by Tiffany Smith. 

2019  Cork Sound Fair, Cork (IRE) in collaboration with Repeater. 

2018  TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway Arts Centre, Galway (IRE). Curated by Linda Shevlin.

2018  Work selected by Sarah Browne to show within group exhibition, Strange Foreign Bodies at Hunterian                       Art Gallery, Glasgow (UK).

2017  NCAD Graduate Show, National College of Art & Design, Dublin (IRE). Curated by Emma Mahony.

2017  Me and Daddy, Benson Hall, Rhode Island (USA). Curated by Noah Pica & Ingrid Zippe. 

2017  Work selected by Sarah Browne to show within her solo exhibition, Report to an Academy at                                        Marabouparken Konsthall, Stockholm (SWE). 

2016  Alsjeblieft, KUUB, Utrecht (NL). Curated by Anno Dijkstra.

 

AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

2019  Welcome to my Homepage, digital residency/MoHA, Austin, TX. 

2019  Young Artist Development Bursary Award, South Dublin County Council.

2019  Spring Artist-in-Residence Award, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado. 

2018  Young Artist Development Bursary Award, South Dublin County Council.

2017  Digital Media Graduate Award Residency, Fire Station Artists’ Studios Dublin.

2017  Longlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019  Artist Talk, The Art Base, Basalt, CO.

2019  Artist Talk, Launchpad, Carbondale, CO.

2018  Studio Assistant, Shahzia Sikander, NY.

2018  Gallery Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. 

2018  Gallery Internship, Petzel Gallery, NY.

2018  Artist Talk, Fire Station Artists’ Studio. 

2018  Digital media/3D modelling teaching assistant at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019  Phillips, Áine, “Syntonic State”. Visual Artist Ireland, Wednesday 9th January. 

2018  Harty, Catherine, “TULCA, Syntonic State”.Circa Art Magazine, Thursday 13th

           December.

2017  Dunne, Aidan, “The Next Generation of Artists”. The Irish Times, Tuesday 13th

           June.

COLLECTIONS

Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

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