I am primarily a figure painter working in oil on canvas. I am also re-engaging a sculpture practice in various media including clay, wood and papier-mâché.
I have a great interest in the self-portrait, but since giving birth three years ago, have developed an interest in religious mother and child iconography. By using this motif in my my work, I can individulise and broaden the subject matter to a larger context of the mother today: the mother as an individual, for example. This is neither criticism nor promotion of the idea but an exploration of the mother in the western world today and a reference to a new belief system and a connection to history.*
I am greatly influenced by Classical Greek and Roman sculpture (in particular the Archaic and early Hellenistic periods where idealism trumped individualism), medieval stone and wooden Pietas as well as contemporary fashion photography, which reinforces the dichotomy of the individual and homogeneity.
An Irish citizen, I was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Ireland in 2006. I received my BA in Fine Arts in 2003 from GWU in Washington DC. After graduating, I worked at the Frick Collection in New York, and since 2009 worked in both the Public Affairs and Development departments at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).
Recently, at the end of 2017, I took a career break from IMMA to pursue my art practice full time.
*Mullins, Charlotte, Painting People, Thames & Hudson, 2006