Lucy McKenna: Astronomical Mashup
Lucy McKenna’s work is concerned with systems of information that describe the universe and our place in it. Through her projects she traces different forms of data extraction, collection and communication, which can include scientific experiment, technological progression, intuitive belief, or myth. The documented interpretation of anomalies, mysteries or unexplained phenomena in the world is very present in her work, along with semblances of the tools and equipment developed to perceive these events. Her works seek to unfold the information hidden in those spaces where the analytic and the intuitive concur. Her practice is a multidisciplinary one consisting of drawing, photography, film, installation, sculptural works and sourced object.
Lucy McKenna studied woven textiles at NCAD. She makes work in varied mediums including painting, drawing, film, photography and installation among others. Exhibitions include solo exhibition in the Cube Space, The Lab, Dublin; Periodical Review #5, Pallas Projects/ NCAD Gallery, Dublin; Process Space, VISUAL Carlow; The Lacuna In Parallax, Source Arts Centre, Tipperary; Under The Rug, Iona College NY; The Darker Wood, GalleryWest, Toronto; Electron Cloud, Kilkenny Arts Festival; Convergence III, With Space Gallery, Beijing; Sanctioned Array, White Box Gallery, NYC. Awards include Irish Arts Council Project Award (2012) and Culture Ireland award for international exhibition (2013). Residencies include ISCP New York (2017), The Artist Observatory- Catalyst Arts & Armagh Observatory (2016), Facebook AIR Program (2015), Fennellys, Callan, Kilkenny (2013), Kilkenny Arts Office (2011), Artscape Toronto (2010), NES Iceland (2009) and Vermont Studio Center (2008). Lucy holds a studio in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin.