Catriona Leahy’s work engages in sites wherein a particular dissonance manifests itself temporally, spatially or aesthetically, where anachronistic objects, architecture or particular landscape tropes usher the past into focus with the present. To that end, her interest lies in the remains of cultural phenomena that have been displaced, or have lost their significance in our “progress-driven”, globalised society. Residues on the landscape of our industrial past and by extension, the impact this human intervention has had on our environment also provide material for investigating the repercussions of a society driven by progress. Through a process of intervention in the image using print, photography, moving image, installation and sculpture, attention is drawn to transformations, latent aspects and layered histories.
Catriona Leahy is a MA Print graduate of Royal College of Art, London (2013). She is the recipient of numerous awards, residencies and bursaries including Arts Council Ireland Visual Arts Bursary (2018), Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Bursary (2015/16), Florence Trust Artist in Residence (2015/16), International Artist in Residence at FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Belgium (2014), Culture Ireland Grant (2018, 2016, 2011), Arts Council Ireland Travel & Training Award (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009).
Select exhibitions include How the land lies, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork (2020), Fast Slow Fast, CCA Derry~Londonderry (2019), Unfolding Landscape, De Cacaofabriek, The Netherlands (2018); Encountering the Land, Visual Carlow (2018), Coup de Ville, 3rd International Triennial, Sint-Niklaas Belgium (2016).