Kathleen Moroney creates ceramic sculptures and installations, incorporating wood, glass, found objects and elements of moving image. Moroney’s practice is motivated by narrative, process and materials. The essence of an idea first appears through the repetitive act of rendering numbers of identical clay forms. In this way, concept and process evolve together, and the idea is translated into a visual language and brought to life.
Her recent work includes Anchored, an installation composed of a series of white porcelain birds and a 100-year-old cartwheel, connected with white silk cords. For Moroney, the interaction of form, space and gravity play a fundamental role in the realisation of this kind of work. The overall significance of an installation is contingent on its location and spatial possibilities, so that the idea continues to unfold in time and space.
Moroney graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design in 1995 with a BA in Ceramics, and went on to complete a Research Masters degree in Ceramics in 1998. She is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD through the University of Sunderland, UK.
The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan
The National Museum of Ireland
The First Commercial Bank, Bloomington, MN, USA
Private collections, nationally and internationally
|2012||Research and Training Bursary, IADT (Institute of Art Design and Technology), Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin|
|2011||Art Bursary: Culture Ireland, Clare County Council, Crafts Council of Ireland|
|2010||Art Bursary: Clare County Council Arts Office; Crafts Council of Ireland, Arts Council Dublin, IADT College, Dublin|
|2009||Travel and Training Grant, awarded by the Arts Council of Ireland|
|2007||Research and Travel Grant, Crafts Council of Ireland|
|2008||Between the Past and Future, Augsburg College, MN, USA, Second Generation, The Tulla Stables Studios, Co. Clare|
|2006||Nesting Ground, The Christiansen Center Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, USA|
|2005||Opened Ground, Contemporary Art, Williamsburg, USA|
Group Exhibitions and Fairs
|2012/2013||Bricks in the Rain, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; Wandesford Quay, Cork; Univeristy of Ulster Gallery, Belfast|
|2011||Irish Contemporary Art in China, Fule International Contemporary Ceramic Museum, Fuping, China, Tulla Studios Group Exhibition, Glor Arts Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare|
|2010||Invited Artist Exhibit, The Institute of Ceramic Studies, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan|
|2007||SOFA Chicago, USA, Jerome Award Alumni Group Exhibition, The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, USA|
|2006||Jerome Award Exhibition, The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, USA|