Artists Professional Training with Deirdre Feeney - Looking Back To Look Forward
How investigating the pre-digital eras can inform contemporary visual arts practice
How investigating the pre-digital eras can inform contemporary visual arts practice. This workshop will give participants a glimpse into how analogue technologies of glass and light have helped shape the contemporary digital/projected image. The aim of this workshop is not to create finished take-home objects, but to generate new ideas and possibilities of how light and glass may be applied, directly or indirectly to the participant’s practice.
A mixed-media artist, Deirdre Feeney works interchangeably with the translucent material of glass and the projected (moving) image. Using architectural glass structures, she has explored how memory, visualized through constructed images, infiltrates inside and outside, past and present. More recently she has inverted her practice to investigate how glass, as an optical device incorporating systems of mirrors, lenses and light sources can dynamically reconstruct images. Feeney completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Australian National University School of Art, having previously gained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally, including the Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, and the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan. Feeney is the recipient of many grants and awards, including most recently an APA scholarship from the ANU, the Stephen Procter Fellowship, the Tom Malone Prize, Australia Council Grants and an Ian Potter Trust Grant. She represented Ireland at the European Glass Context in Denmark in 2012 and in 2013 was an artist in residence at the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia. Her work is held in various public collections such as the National Museum of Ireland and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She is currently a PhD candidate at the ANU School of Art, Canberra, Australia.