Catriona's work is concerned with exploring and investigating the past, memories and personal reflections on such intangibles. She takes inspiration from a preoccupation with her family's history and the farm they have inhabited over three generations.
Through this investigative journey she has created a foundation for documentary research, which involves examining and evaluating historical records about her ancestors, their kinship ties, and the events that occurred in their lives. This research into her rural ancestry has uncovered the antiquated laws and habits adopted in those times as well as old political boundaries, historical & social conditions. These sources take the form of stories, old photographs, maps and objects that, although personal, are of universal significance and meaning. Using these sources as props or starting points for ideas, she has reconstructed memories in an attempt to find the clues to a past that has through time been misplaced or forgotten.
Catriona Leahy, visual artist based in Dublin, graduated with honours from Crawford College of Art & Design in 2006. She remained at Crawford for a further years study in the ceramic department experimenting with print techniques in ceramics. On graduating she received the Cork Printmakers annual printmaker's Bursary. She has been an active artist member of The Black Church Print Studio since 2007, where she is also employed as studio technician. She has continued to develop and exhibit her own work whilst employed part-time in the studio. She now occupies a studio at Talbot Gallery & Studios. In October she will embark on her first international residency at the world-renowned printmaking facility, the Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium for which she received Arts Council funding.
Galleries where work is stocked:
The Lavit Gallery - www.lavitgallery.com
The Courtyard Gallery, Midleton, Co. Cork -