I haunt old ghosts with new questions, particularly from a female perspective. I am especially interested in how we act as 'viewer,' and how we learnt to look that way, both as an individual and a community. Working with gestures, sculpture and poetry I create performative work highlighting the agency of contemporary art in provoking the status quo, questioning methods of viewer engagement and examining the role of socio-political forces on reception, engagement and discourse concerning contemporary art.
Ella's work has been supported by the Irish Arts Council, Fingal County Council and Culture Ireland. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Next Generation Bursary Award. She is currently pursuing a PhD at KU Leuven entitled ‘Modes of Viewing: How to Act.’
Recent exhibitions and performances include: control, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, 2019; Pirouette, The Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2019; Flat As The Tongue Lies, U.C. Irvine, California, 2018 (solo exhibition); We Only Want The Earth, Adobe Backroom, San Francisco, 2018; Post-Peace at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany 2017, and Nest, Den Haag, Holland, 2017; Coup de Ville Triennale Warp, Belgium, 2016; Slow Future at the Centre of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland 2014; Playing Nature at the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art 2013; and ReBuilding Utopia at the Emergency Pavilion, the 53rd Venice Biennale 2013.