Deirdre O'Mahony Biography
Deirdre O’Mahony's public art projects include X-PO, a former post office re-purposed as a social and cultural exchange space. The project was the 2007 artwork in Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks and is included in Tania Bruguera’s Arte Útil Archive. More recently, arising from research in X-PO SPUD examines ideas of sustainability, food security and rural/urban relationships, through potato projects in Ireland, USA, Spain and the UK and concludes with a film, The Persistant Return supported by the Arts Council//An Chomhairle Ealaíonn project award, and co-produced by Workhouse Union and VISUAL Carlow. The film runs at VISUAL from June - Sept touring to the Natural History Museum Leeuwarden as part of Potatoes Go Wild, for the European Capital of Culture 2018.
O’Mahony has published and been written about extensively, had numerous national and international gallery and museum exhibitions, and been awarded fellowships and residencies including a Pollock-Krasner Award and Arts Council of Ireland bursaries. She is also an academic and lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Galway and completed a PhD New Ecologies Between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice at the University of Brighton in 2012. Her recent research is focused on spatial politics and the relationship between the social, natural and political ecologies of rural and urban 21C life.