I currently live and work in county Wexford, Ireland.
Significant childhood moments include; hiding uneaten school lunch sandwiches in my knitting bag, my mother ensuring me that “red and pink don’t go together”, wearing an eye patch, organising my summer dresses in order of preference, and wondering if Confession really worked.
In 2000, I graduated with a BA in Art and Design Education from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and in the same year received the Larkin Memorial Award for teaching, and the Taylor Award for painting. With the support of a Fulbright Scholarship, I attended the San Francisco Art Institute, California, receiving my MFA in 2004. On returning to Ireland in 2005, my husband Frank Abruzzese and I established Cow House Studios in my ancestral home in rural Wexford.
My work includes drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, and is driven by the allusive nature of my materials. I am interested in family histories, systems of knowledge and belief; including religion and geography, superstitions and folklore, lonely objects, domestic rituals, the dramatics of light, and playfulness.
I am drawn to objects and materials that have a cultural history, possessing the power to transcend and create work that is multi facetted in meaning. I wonder what we seek from our belongings and investigate how we interact with them, how they keep us company; pointing to concerns of loss, longing and fulfillment.
My practice is obsessive and ritualistic in nature and execution, and I often engage with certain institutional practices and images in order to examine their absurdities. My work speaks of things that are simultaneously meaningful and meaningless, and is in a way an attempt to reconcile with the passing of time.
Aware of my own, sometimes awkward existence, I seek intimacy with my subjects and the viewer, making that connection by creating pieces that are at once familiar and strange.