Thu 14 Sep - Tue 31 Oct 2023
Mary Doyle Burke is a multi-disciplinary artist from County Kilkenny who has a deep love of nature and the land & sea. The research element of her work is a study of a comparison between the use of organically created materials and synthetic materials and the effect nature has on our senses. The initial stage of her creative practice involves spending time out in the elements where she sits with the vibrations absorbed from land & water. Once a channel is opened, she returns to the studio to transfer this energy. Working with natural materials often gathered while out on the land, she creates sculptural work and paintings, sometimes hybrid works. Gathering pigments from both plants and soil, she creates ink for painting organically and creates paper from plants. While creating the consideration of space is paramount. The other is the use of materials and creates her best work when lost in the handleability.
Through her multi-disciplinary art practice (digital, recording, photography, painting, poetry, installations) over the last three years, her work calls to encourage humans to remember what we already know deep inside.
The ancestors, the stories left in the land and their ancient culture sings the song of her art.
Mary holds a Higher Second Class Hons BA in Visual Art from SETU and a Distinction in Fine Art (Level 5 & 6) from Tipperary ETB (Colaiste Mhuire, Thurles) & Kilkenny ETB (Ormonde College). Currently she is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland through agility award and Kilkenny Arts Office through an Arts Act grant. She was the recipient of a CFA Educational Bursary award from Kilkenny Arts office with which she is currently studying a Post Grad in Art & Ecology at NCAD.
She also works as Managing Director of An Chead Tine Art Studios, No 10 The Parade, Kilkenny and of An Chead Tine Art Gallery, 1st
Floor Dunnes Stores, Kilkenny, both of which she was founding director in 2022 & 2023.