I am an Artist based in Warrenpoint, Co. Down. I make metal sculptures inspired by my love for all things flying, from biplanes and jet planes to satellites and rockets. This fascination with flight began during my final year at NCAD, Dublin when I had the opportunity to visit the hangars at Dublin Airport. I was completely awed by the sheer scale and craftmanship of the planes. I wanted to create pieces that captured the vulnerability and fragility, that I sensed from them. I see my work as a celebration of man’s achievements in the pursuit of flight. Each piece is one of a kind with it’s own unique personality.
like to offset the mechanical aspects of the subject by drawing on influences from nature such as birds, plants and the sea. Since moving to Warrenpoint, which overlooks the beautiful Carlingford Lough, I have found myself even more influenced by the sea. It was the inspiration for my piece ‘Seaplane’ and also what sparked my new venture into boat sculptures, which I’m very excited about.
I work in copper, brass, small amounts of silver and occasionally I incorporate found objects like driftwood. Detail is very important in my work and I build up each piece using many delicate, detailed layers to create texture and form. I work intuitively with the metal often allowing it to lead me in directions I hadn’t planned for, be it through mistakes (happy accidents) or simply discovering a new texture or pattern during the process that changes the course of the piece. I feel very grateful to be able to work in this way and to be creating work that I am passionate about.
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