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Ciara OKelly
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

ARTIST STATEMENT: Ciara O’Kelly’s work takes the form of large scale video installations incorporating both digital and physical entities. Using 3D modeling as a point of departure, she curates virtual simulations and objects to function within subliminal scenes, whilst challenging the capabilities of these computer-generated forms. This process allows for complete control in staging the desired and the ability to successfully present a familiar façade. She draws from frameworks, systems and consumerist structures, critiquing our relationship to corporate bodies within a largely capitalist and digitized world. O’Kelly is particularly interested in the individual’s dual role as both a consumer and product within the system of data capitalism and its free labour nature. Through her work, she explores the ideology of mediating through technology to maintain psychological fulfillment and generic self-improvement. O’Kelly is an Irish artist born in 1995 who is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. In 2017, she graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin with a joint First Class Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Sculpture and Visual Culture. Following this, she was the recipient of the Digital Media Graduate Award residency at Fire Station Artists’ Studios and was shortlisted for the Royal Dublin Society’s Visual Art Awards 2017. In 2018, she was awarded the Young Artists’ Development Award from South Dublin County Council and was invited to exhibit at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in Galway, Ireland. O'Kelly's work has been exhibited internationally in groups shows at Marabouparken Konsthall, Stockholm, KUUB, Netherlands, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow and Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island. Her work is part of the Hunterian Art Gallery's collection. O’Kelly is currently a Spring Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado.

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2017 BA Joint First Class Honours in Fine Art Sculpture & Visual Culture. National College of Art and Design, Dublin (IRE).
2016 Erasmus semester, Fine Art. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (NL).

2018 TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway Arts Centre, Galway (IRE). Curated by Linda Shevlin.
2018 Work selected by Sarah Browne to show within group exhibition, Strange Foreign Bodies at Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow (UK).Work selected by Sarah Browne to show within group exhibition,
2017 NCAD Graduate Show, National College of Art & Design, Dublin (IRE). Curated by Emma Mahony.
2017 Me and Daddy, Benson Hall, Rhode Island (USA). Curated by Noah Pica & Ingrid Zippe.
2017 Work selected by Sarah Browne to show within her solo exhibition, Report to an Academy at Marabouparken Konsthall, Stockholm (SWE).
2016 Alsjeblieft, KUUB, Utrecht (NL). Curated by Anno Dijkstra.

2019 Spring Artist-in-Residence Award, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado.
2018 Young Artist Development Bursary Award, South Dublin County Council.
2017 Digital Media Graduate Award Residency, Fire Station Artists’ Studios Dublin.
2017 Longlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards.

2019 Artist Talk, The Art Base, Basalt, CO.
2019 Artist Talk, Launchpad, Carbondale, CO.
2018 Studio Assistant, Shahzia Sikander, NY.
2018 Gallery Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.
2018 Gallery Internship, Petzel Gallery, NY.
2018 Artist Talk, Fire Station Artists’ Studio.
2018 3D modelling work for Alan James Burns.
2018 Digital media/3D modelling teaching assistant at Fire Station Artists’ Studios.
2018 Participated as a performer in Kennedy Browne production.
2018 Artist assistant for Sarah Browne.
2017 Technical assistant for Kennedy Browne.

2019 Phillips, Áine, “Syntonic State”. Visual Artist Ireland, Wednesday 9th January.
2018 Harty, Catherine, “TULCA, Syntonic State”.Circa Art Magazine, Thursday 13th
2017 Dunne, Aidan, “The Next Generation of Artists”. The Irish Times, Tuesday 13th June.
Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow

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