Fiona Ní Mhaoilir 

BPW Artist in Residence

Visual artist Fiona Ní Mhaoilir was born in Dublin; she has lived and worked in Belfast since 1998 and is currently completing PhD research on Agenda-Based Art Production in Post- Conflict North of Ireland.

Fiona will spend a dedicated period of three months exploring and experimenting with various print techniques providing a welcome addition to her expanding fine art practice. Her conceptual and material exploration at Belfast Print Workshop will draw upon other multi disciplinary alliances resulting in various outcomes.

Fiona is a former co director of Catalyst Arts (2000-2002) and Platform Arts, Belfast (2012-2014). Her work is held in both public and private collections nationally and internationally, Ireland, UK, Spain, and USA.  Fiona’s work is concerned with the position of the artist and a ‘Structure of Feeling’. Writer Raymond Williams first used this concept to characterize the culture of a particular historical moment. Drawing on a regional and international context the work examines and considers the lived experience of the quality of life at a particular time and place on the island of Ireland. Unravelling socio cultural and political power dynamics we are faced with obstacles of control: building control, bodily control, border control, and creative control. Popular culture reveals a complex-balance of power, for example the ranks of those who decide what the public gets to see, say, do, read, and hear.

Review of The What-ifs: Fiona Ni Mhaoilir, Platform Arts, Belfast

Pictured Above: Notebook excerpt 1997, ‘Motherless’. Media: Drawing and print. Dimensions: 50 x 40 cm, by Fiona Ní Mhaoilir