ARTIST STATEMENT I Christine Mackey’s current practice constitutes the complex investigation of the historical, political, and bio-dynamical ecology of plant life through the subject of the seed. Investigated through four significant developments the way in which plants are regarded and researched – socially and culturally; namely human-plant geographies, critical plant studies, cultural botany, and environmental change. The evolving projects, public engagements, publications, and exhibitions are meticulously researched, which pursue a narrative structure based on an assemblage of key research material, sites of interest and the active and creative involvement of other ‘critters’ voices. This engaged social practice embeds a series of sensitive responses in relation to site, agency and ecology.
BIOG I Independent studio-based artist-researcher at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Mackey was educated at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Dartington College of Arts, Devon graduating in 2012 with a PhD from the University of Ulster, Belfast. In 2018, she was awarded a Fulbright Irish Scholar Award pursuing independent research across educational institutions and residency programmes in the States including the University of New Mexico. Recent solo exhibitions include Safe-HoldWexford Arts Centre (2020). The Long FieldPhase 1:…