About the Artist
Born in New York City, I moved with my family to Ireland at age 12, where my parents were born and raised. I studied ceramics in college earning an MA in 1998 and completed an art practice led PhD in 2017. Over the years my art work and research has led me to partake in numerous art residencies in The U.S. Asia and Scandinavia. My work is held in public collections internationally and nationally in the the National Design Museum, Collins Barricks, Dublin.
My art practice encompasses both painting and ceramic sculpture; two art-forms; separate yet interconnected. Working in clay my ceramic compositions evolve slowly and methodically; whereas my painting is swift and energetic and only slows to a considered pace as the marks take shape and the composition emerges. Both art forms are a study of movement in time and space and enable an exploration of varying facets of time and motion, through two very different art forms and processes. Living in Co. Clare in the west of Ireland, my painting is a pure response to my surrounding environment and the changing weather patterns provoking and instinctive drive to introduce this dramatic energy and mood into my work.
Each painting is a study of the varied intensity and heightened movement of light, color, line and pattern formed over time in and on the rural landscape. My chosen approach to painting is purposely unencumbered; choosing to work in acrylic on fabriano paper. These materials facilitate a direct and intuitive approach to materials and composition and allow a swift build up of color, texture and mark making through which facets of the Irish landscape remembered and re- imagined, slowly emerge.
As a result of the large scale, installation based format of my ceramics, that part of my work is currently not listed for sale on this site. My ceramic work along with my paintings can be viewed on Instagram:@ Kathleen.Moroney