Bettina Seitz’s practice is concerned with our connection to the Other – from how we relate as human beings to each other to how we relate to the ‘Other’ in the sense of our interconnection with everything. She explores these themes mainly through life-size sculptures and site-responsive sculpture installations in water-based resin, gypsum, wax, fabric, concrete, clay, bronze or aluminium. In recent projects she has used life-casting to create life-like hollow sculptures where the absence of the figure resonates a ghost like human presence and evokes associations with the past and otherness. In her work she engages with landscape, history and mythology and recently collaborated with videographers, sound-designers, and a dramaturg to create short films of site-responsive sculpture installations in remote coastal locations, for online broadcasting to national and international audiences.
Recent projects include Ancestors, Oyster Island, Tread Softly and RTE (2021); Underwave, Sligo Bay, Tread Softly (2020); Commission for European Capital of Volunteering, Sligo (2018); Ghosts, The Model & historic buildings, Sligo (2016); A Trembling Veil, with Patrick Hall & Nick Miller, Belgravia Gallery, London, (2015); Volta Award, DIFF (since 2007).
Recent group shows include Kulturhalle Lohr, Germany (2020), Belgravia Gallery, Surrey, UK (2019); Walking Birds Mountain I & II, Tread Softly (2018 & 2019); Irish Consulate, New York; Irish Embassy, Berlin; 12 Star Gallery, London; Department of Agriculture, Dublin; Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; Boyle Arts Festival (2018).
Recent awards include Arts Council Agility Award; Creative Ireland Open Call Sligo, Artist Bursary Leitrim (2021); Arts Council Professional Development Award (2020).