About the artist
After working across multiple industry sectors Zara Lyness went back to full time study, completed her BA Fine Art (Hons 1st Class) in 2017 and was awarded a Graduate Artist Residency at Ulster University the following year, when she also joined Pollen Studios and Gallery. At the end of the residency she achieved Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority and continues to develop her practice as an arts facilitator, specialist campus assistant and study skills coach for the University.She is currently undertaking post graduate study on the Belfast School of Fine Art Master's Degree part time.
As a recent BA graduate and current MFA student, this section of the website is documents my expanding practice. My interest in time, memory, connections and relationships has influenced my interdisciplinary methods. By sharing recognised symbols and stories we connect, accessing our own history to make sense of new experiences. I intend my work to invite a response on literal and abstract planes. I engage with some work over long periods of time through the application of processes, incorporating narrative, memory, personal histories and stories. My material choices include fragility, absurdity, what is precious and refining techniques. I hope to identify with others, creating a space that encourages investigation into different art forms and practices.
In relation to making connections, my research revolves around themes of marginalisation, values and how the influence of others significantly affects how we see ourselves.
The development of my work evolves through changes in mood, circumstance and influence, often seeming to be made by different artists. I enjoy incorporating playfulness into my work and producing objects that make people want to touch and engage with them, often at some risk with the more delicate ceramic work.