Artist Statement

My Irish rural background acts as a starting point to examine ideas of space, place and history. Working with photographic imagery and found material references I employ strategies of gathering and reusing as both material and conceptual processes to examine and interpret ideas of landscape, experience and place. Working across a hybrid paint/print/collage practice I am interested in painting and printmaking as critical tools for unravelling and remaking in physical ways. I am also interested in language rooted in the Irish landscape, the everyday and the parochial, in particular Seamus Heaney, and the way in which it can be folded into and become a language for painting.


Dr. Majella Clancy is an artist and educator. Currently she is a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme at Plymouth College of Art. In 2013 she completed a practice-led PhD at Ulster University, Belfast where her research examined Contemporary Women’s Painting Practices. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, including: Drawing Matters, (with Dr. S. Felmingham & Dr. M. Hall) York St John University (2017), Land2 / Land and Water Conference, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth University (2016), The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, (2011). Her research is published in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Routledge, USA, (2012). She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally most recently In Stream: An Expanded Painting Show, curator Feargal O’Malley, Ulster University Gallery and QSS @ Bedford Street, Belfast (2016). Her work is held in public and private collections including Queens University Belfast, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Ulster University, Belfast.



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