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About the artist

After working across multiple industry sectors I went back to full time study, completed a BA Fine Art (Hons 1st Class) in 2017 and was awarded a Graduate Artist Residency at Ulster University the following year, when I also joined Pollen Studios and Gallery. At the end of the residency I achieved Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority and continues to develop my practice alongside working as an arts facilitator, specialist campus assistant and study skills coach for the University. I am currently attending post graduate study on the Belfast School of Fine Art Master's Degree part time.

 

Artist Statement 

As a recent BA graduate and current MFA student, this section of the website 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.

‘Definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’

Attributed to Albert Einstein

 

Making art connects different parts of me. The curious child. The risk taker. The methodical problem solver. The communicator. I never want to lose the love of learning. Every new process or material is a chance to play, to explore, to resolve and to share. As I search for my own voice I repeat movements and processes adding parts of my story to my work in the hope of striking a connection or encouraging a recollection for another.

I have been an active member of Pollen Studios and Gallery since 2017. My contribution to Pollen Studios includes collaborative exhibition programming, occasional curating and committee secretary. This gives me the opportunity to be involved in city wide network of events and exhibitions, supporting other artists and organisations and contributing to the promotion of visual arts and culture at a grass roots level. I am also a member of Bbeyond Live a performance focused organisation based in Belfast with links all over the globe. 

As regular art workshop facilitator in R-Space at the Linen Rooms Gallery in Lisburn, Co Down, I encourage participants to play, without judgement, and give themselves permission to experiment. The workshops range from paper making to ceramics and the activities are tailored to the skills and abilities of those attending. All are welcome, no matter what experience.

I enrolled on the Belfast School of Art Fine Art Master's Degree course in 2019, part time, working from my resident artist studio above R-Space Gallery.

 

Please contact me if you are interested in visiting my studio, once it is safe to be out and about. 

Click PDF below to view or download history of artistic practice.

©2021 by Zara Lyness Visual Artist.