Marilyn Gaffney


Marilyn Gaffney

Marilyn Gaffney holds an MFA from the National College of Art and Design.  She is the recipient of the John O’Leary Award in 2010 from Sligo Institute of Technology which enabled her to take residencies to CAMAC Arts Centre, Marnay-sur-Seine, France and La Muse Artist’s Retreat, Carcassonne, France.   She received the D.O. Sullivan Medal Award in 2009 from Sligo IT.  Exhibiting both nationally and internationally; her most recent work is on display in Naperville, California.



I am interested in our relationship to landscape and how particular places hold memories and can embody emotional responses.  A snapshot memory of a place may be recreated through automatic responses with material as a form of remembering.  This relationship of memory and landscape brings about an emotional response because the place holds sentiment.

The notion of Urban Memory and the loss of certain things within a place when it has been changed features as research within my work.  Working intuitively, I re-create places previously visited through my memory.  My work involves the process of collage and the printing technique through using inkjet printers, photocopiers and scanners.  Manipulation of the image by printing process with zooming, ink running out and other printer ‘mistakes’ informs the work with textures of a language close to painting.  I am interested in the combination of representation and abstraction in painting.  The non-representational is met through the ‘mistake’ marks made in the printing process, while the representational are created by building up of textures and tones.

Introducing a spatial dimension as a result of the sculptural pieces created; manipulation of paper is pivotal to the sculptural works.  Stitching paper together creates forms that appear embodied of a person within the land and the overall piece creating a presence within the space.  There are a wider range of possibilities to the space as a result when introducing the three-dimensional aspect into the work.




'Salient and Rural Memory', Exhibition Installation View 
’Salient and Rural Memory’, Exhibition Installation View

'Mind Map', mixed media 
’Mind Map’, mixed media

'Rural Memory', mixed media 
’Rural Memory’, mixed media



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