About

I am an artist and filmmaker making works which are concerned with the power inherent in the design of our contemporary cities.

At the core of my practice has been the examination of social space and our relationship to it, with specific reference to the writings of Henri Lefebvre and Edward Soja, and the concept of Thirdspace, involving the expansion of the spatial imagination to create new possibilities for transformative thinking and the symbolic use of space in the everyday as a means of carving out new, alternative identities within our urban and suburban spatial structures.

The main body of my photographic work uses cinematic language within large-scale pieces focusing on the spatial marginalisation that can exist within our homes, workplaces and city streets.  This work aims to represent a lived, “thirdspace” where the spatially marginalised can take centre stage, moving outside of imposed, oppressive binary designations of identity that inform racism, stereotyping and other forms of discrimination.

I have just completed my first major moving image work entitled Potsdamer Platz (2020).  Through the footsteps of a young child, a key scene in Wim Wenders’s Wings of Desire/Der Himmel über Berlin (1987) has been restaged, whereby contemporary concerns about our global financial system in crisis are layered over the history of a space in central Berlin that has seen massive historical turmoil and societal upheaval.

I live and work in Dublin, Ireland.

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Untitled #2 from “They’re us that’s all … there’s no more room in Hell.” (2002), Lambda chromogenic print, mounted on MDF, 122cm x 171cm