Aideen Barry × Patrick T. Murphy
I first encountered Aideen Barry’s work in the Claremorris Open Exhibition in 2004, it was striking in its ambition and image, Barry’s performance rocked the foundations of this important exhibition, sadly now defunded. Barry’s art is a broad practice incorporating performance, animation, drawings, sculpture and film. She requires such a diverse strategy to mine her subject matter which at once is both universal and personal. Barry’s focus is her own behaviour as blended by the politics of modern gender stereotyping and mythological/folkloric associations. The criticality of her creation is leavened by her slapstick sense of humour. Barry delivers profound commentary with a smile and a punch. Using stop-frame techniques her films and animations carry us into a world of neurosis and compulsion - an existence where the demands of motherhood, work, sexuality, politics, all vie for a piece of her (sometimes literally!). Generous, witty and insightful Barry’s art continues to absorb and challenge us, and don’t forget, to gloriously entertain us.
Patrick T Murphy is Director of the RHA Gallery. For the decade of the 1990s he directed and curated the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. He has curated exhibitions of artists such as Tacita Dean, Marlene Dumas, Maria Simonds-Gooding, Robert Gober.
Aideen Barry (ARHA) is a visual artist, who's means of expression are interchangeable, incorporating: film, performance, drawing, sculpture, installation & experimental lens-based media. Barry is based in Ireland but is currently teaching at Penn State (US) and directing a full feature film Klostės (pleats) for Kaunas 2022 the European Capital of Culture (LT). In 2021 she will debut a series of touring collaborative projects next year at the World Academy of Music, LCGA, Source Art Centre, to the Centre Culturel Irlandais (FR) and ArtBA (AR). She has show solo and presented works at: Mothers Tankstation, IMMA, Matucana 100 (Chile) RHA ( Brittlefield), CAC (ESP), Butler Gallery (IRL), Louise T. Blouin (UK),The Loop Biennale (ESP), Skaftfell (ISL), The Wexner Centre (US), Moderne Mussett (SE), Banff Centre (CA), Headlands Centre for the Arts (US), Aesthetica Film Festival (UK), Liste Art Fair & BAC Geneva (CH), Elephant West at Frieze Art Fair (UK) Oaxaca Film Fest (MX), Katzen Center, NYU & The Film-Makers Co-op (US). Barry is a member of Aosdána.