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Insight announces new artist in residence Ann Maria Healy

Submitted on Monday, 09/11/2020

Insight is delighted to announce the inaugural Insight Artist Residency Programme.

This residency is awarded to an artist in the community that wishes to engage in scientific research to further their own practice and foster links between the arts and science communities to further inter-disciplinary research.

The purpose of the residency is to support artists, curators or producers to develop and research new, ambitious work intended for public presentation. The intention of this residency is to allow the artist impactful access to current research at Insight. The research collaboration will focus on the development of a particular project.

It is hoped that the residency will enable the creation of a work that is ambitious and far-reaching: works which propose new forms of medium and new ways of theorising complex scientific ideas are welcome.

Ann Maria Healy is the recipient of this year’s award which includes a bursary of €5,000 toward new work in development between the artist and scientific researchers based at insight@DCU. The residency has been developed in collaboration with Dublin City Council Arts Office, The Lab Gallery and output from the residency will appear in the Lab’s 2021 programme curated by Sheena Barrett.

Ann Maria Healy’s work expresses itself through video, sculptural and textual form. Her practice is concerned with re-occurrence, the power of history and narratives embedded within the human psyche. She seeks to co-opt the embodied meaning of material in order to unpack and subvert it. She is drawn to narrative that is connected to place and object, often acting in an absurd manner, the work seeks to employ mysticism as a tool to reconsider our present moment.

Healy’s past work includes exhibitions such as ‘Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2019-20. ‘Futures: Series 3 Episode 1’, Royal Hibernian Academy, 2017. Previous residencies include Cow House Studios, Wexford, 2015 and The Banff Centre, Canada, 2014. Healy is an MFA graduate of The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, 2014 and a recipient of the Irish Arts Council, Visual Artist Bursary Award, 2019.

The image above is from her 2018 work, ‘When Dealers are Shamans.’