Emerging Artist to exhibit in New York in April 2019
Belfast based visual artist Mairead McCormack recently graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA in Textile Art, Design and Fashion. An emerging textile artist, Mairead was selected by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council to travel to the prestigious Sanskritti Cultural Centre in Delhi to undertake a six week residency throughout January and February 2019.
Mairead works on Irish linen - born from a fascination with the linen industry in her hometown of Randalstown, also home to the Old Bleach Linen factory. Mairead explores the fragile beauty in the disintegration of tangible paper objects such as books, letters and money and aims to highlight the pace at which society is evolving, which has resulted in the intangibility of these objects. Mairead also investigates ways of bringing a human element into her work through embroidery, darning, visible mending and drawn thread-work.
Whilst in Delhi, Mairead got the opportunity to try traditional indian craft techniques including aari embroidery, wood block printing and natural dying which she will incorporate into a new body of work to be exhibited at the Irish Arts Center in New York City.
“Formidable Parallels” launches at the Irish Arts Center on Thursday 18 April and runs until 15 June 2019.
Artist Talk & Reception
Thursday, April 18 | 6pm
FREE | Reservations encouraged
Formidable Parallels is the second of three exhibitions at Irish Arts Center with a focus on textile art. The first, Dublin-based Bernie Leahy’s Why Are We, was exhibited in fall of 2018.