Majella's current work is an examination of painting in an expanded space. It explores social, cultural and geographical space across representations of class, gender and race. Examining her own Irish rural history by re-using old family photographs. In particular exploring those images that depict specific class and gendered spaces and their surrounding environment – the West of Ireland landscape. Through reworking these images the attempt is to unfix a static rendering of gender, landscape and cultural space. Majella employs imagery relating to her intercultural experiences in Sri Lanka. These images also explore the domestic, gender and social constructs. By merging both sets of images – Irish and Sri Lankan – through paint, her practice questions boundaries and cuts across dichotomies as they relate to gender and cultural difference. My practice also explores a series of handwritten letters that document conversations between my grandmother Kathleen and her sister Margaret who emigrated to America in the 1950s. The original letters are scanned, reprinted and overlaid with imagery specific to the places they discuss within the letters. Through paint, collage and screen printing I seek to add to the original dialogue. In my work I attempt to document conversations between women across cultural, geographical and social frameworks.
Majella was a member of the Belfast Print Workshop from 2010 - 2014.