inter_site is a Cork based artist collective established by Pádraic Barrett, Deirdre Breen, Aoife Claffey and Kate McElroy. They graduated together from the MA in Art and Process, Crawford College of Art and Design, MTU, 2021. Since then they have created six site-responsive exhibitions in Cork.
inter_site create interventions and exhibitions, utilising unique venues and display mechanisms responding to the precarious and ever shifting nature of our current reality. Their work responds to the current environmental, political and social climate. Each artist employs a multi-disciplinary approach responding to the specific sites they encounter, enhancing the viewer’s experience of place with an emphasis on spatial and sensory effects. The work speculates on alternative and imaginative spaces that present to the viewer embodied encounters and altered viewpoints. They aim to embed art into the fabric of the everyday, using art as a tool to probe and question current societal systems and structures of power. They are interested in peripheral and non-traditional art spaces which can open up new ways of considering the surrounding environment and re-imagine our present moment.
Artist Bios & Statement
Kate McElroy – Bio
Kate McElroy is a Cork based artist who graduated with a First Class Honours Master’s Degree in Art and Process, MTU Crawford, 2021. Since graduating she has exhibited in 20 national and international exhibitions and co-founded the artist collective inter_site. Recent exhibitions include Error: /undefined, Pallas Projects, Dublin, and Oscillation: An Altering Rhythm, Counting House, Cork City, 2023. Kate has been supported by Arts Council Agility Awards, a project award, and a Cork City Council Artist Bursary. Upcoming residencies include GlogauAIR, Berlin 2024 and past include PADA, Portugal 2022 and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, 2020 – 23.
In my work I capture an atmosphere of constant growth and the simultaneous sense of incipient destruction of the natural environment. I fixate the viewers’ perception on the process of change itself, suspending them in a sense of transformation. I create dynamic installations using photography, film, performance, found materials and sound, drawing on multifarious aspects of the environment to create new ambiguous spaces for contemplation, which stretch our sense of perception. Coalescing a sense of space and time, the work highlights a moment of precarity. A space between construction and deconstruction.
Aoife Claffey– Bio
Aoife Claffey is an installation artist from Cork who graduated with First Class Honours in both her MA: Art and Process (2020) and BA in Fine Art (2019) from MTU Crawford College of Art and Design. After her Degree Show, she was awarded six awards and three residencies. She is a member of both Sample Studios and Cork Printmakers. Her first major solo show was ‘Mystical Confessions’ in St Lukes, Cork in 2021. Other exhibitions include a solo exhibitions ‘8’
in Cork Airport 2021 and ‘Our Town’ in The Band Stand in Carrigaline Cork for Culture Night 2023.
She co-founded the artist collective inter_site. Recent exhibitions include Error: /undefined, Pallas Projects, Dublin, and Oscillation: An Altering Rhythm, Counting House, Cork City, 2023. Aoife has been supported by Arts Council Agility Awards, Arts Council Project Award, and a Cork County Council Artist Bursary. Upcoming residencies include the Fish Factory Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörðu in April 2024, an online GlogauAIR residency in Berlin 2024 and past
include PADA, Portugal 2022 and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, 2022.
My work explores human sensory perception in provisional spaces and creates installations combining projection film, printmaking, found objects and sound. Physiological and psychological tensions between chaos and order are encouraged in my work both during the making, and within the work, to evoke immersive uncanny effects or altered cognitive states. My installations encompass notions of unpredictability, fragility and movement. My installations are often controlled by the viewers participation with the artwork. Shadows may alternate in intensity and scale passing throughout a collaboration adapting and giving
awareness of how one can affect an environment. The work investigates subtly destabilising yet uncanny effects with constant fluctuations which can be engaged with both in a physical but psychological manner.
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