Satellite Residency: Una Quigley & Susan Montgomery
Born in Dublin, Úna Quigley graduated from Crawford College of Art, Cork and Winchester School of Art, Spain & U.K. in 2001 with an MA in European Fine Art. She has since exhibited widely such as at the Kassel Film Festival, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Centrum Berlin, Project Arts Centre, Ireland, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Ireland, and Crawford Gallery, Ireland.
In recent years she screened her film work at the National Film Archive in Seoul and Berliner Liste, had a solo exhibition The Interval at Centrum Berlin and co-created a cinema in the wilderness for a temporary project entitled Wild-screen in Connemara. She exhibited in Tulca The Headless City in 2016 and is premiering new work at the Istanbul Experimental film festival in 2018.
Quigley has been included in a number of publications, such as Cooling out – on the paradox of Feminism by Lewis Glucksman Gallery/Kunsthaus Baselland, and recently False Optimism published by Crawford Gallery Ireland and All Mountains begin on the Ground, an artists book of essays.
She has received awards from local authorities, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Ealaín na Gaeltachta and was most recently awarded an Artists Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2017.
Image: Still from Birds of my weakness Digital 16mm and Super8, 8”40’, Úna Quigley, 2018
My work explores the body as a place of resistance, and the interstice between the domestic and the public sphere. I try to use film to explore situations that go beyond the surface to tap into the energy of bodies that clash with their surroundings. I use absurdity as a strategy in performance and film structure to create affective meaning.
I am interested in the capacity of maternal ethics and aesthetics to unsettle or queer modes of subjectivity that are grounded in individualism. The cut, and the interstice – the juxtaposition of the film image – are central conceptual figures in my practice.
Susan Montgomery is a visual artist from Wicklow and has lived in West Cork since 2007. She graduated from DLIATD in 1997. Her extensive exhibition record includes Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery, Cross Gallery, Dublin, The Joinery, Dublin, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Talbot gallery, Dublin and Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford.
Montgomery is a member of the experimental collective Tellurometer Project; recipient of a Wicklow County Council Award to fund a publication currently in progress. Additionally, educational work at West Cork Arts Centre since 2009 resulted in commissioned work and public engagement touring to Mermaid Arts Centre, Highlands Gallery and Wexford Arts Centre to accompany Mikala Dwyer’s Panto Collapsar. Other educational awards include a Cork County Council Commission by the County Library Service in 2015.
Susan Montgomery’s work belongs in the collections of OPW, Trinity College, Dublin, former First National Bank, The Ice Hotel, Ballina, Touchstone Healthcare and Waterford County Council.
Image: Hooley Loop, oil on board, 61×74 cm
My work is influenced by the landscape. It encompasses the mediums of painting, drawing, installation and assemblage. It is a process-based practice that explores the materiality of paint as well as the manipulation of found surfaces and objects, often centred on the behaviour of chance marks, stains and arrangements, The results are works that describe a dialogue between the carefully chosen tools, media and surfaces I use to explore these processes, the poetics of which express her involvement with the human experience and its relationship with the landscape.