The nature of my work stems from my desire to visualise stories, while allowing room for the viewer to extend upon the narrative or meaning. The outcomes of my practice, results in a broad material, visual & conceptual manifestation. I feel a great need to be free of a “signature” type approach to what I do, and aim to offer viewers a vision of something with integrity, both in its conceptual value and artistic realisation. Each work has its own statement to make.
Deirdre McKenna (b. Dublin, 1973) studied Fine Art in the RTC Sligo, and then at the University Of Ulster, Belfast. She acted as a co-director of Catalyst Arts between 2002 and 2004 exhibiting, organising and collaborating. She returned to study a masters in fine art at the University of Ulster, graduating with distinction in 2007. She received the RUA Prize Outstanding Student Award and Dean’s Prize. McKenna is a studio holder in Flax Art Studios, Belfast, and is represented by the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. McKenna has exhibited nationally and internationally with her work being exhibited at the 2011 London Art Fair & SCOPE New York 2012. McKenna’s work is part of the Arts Council of Northern Irelands collection and numerous private collections, and has been featured in many international art journals.