Marie Farrington’s practice is an ongoing attempt to draw gentle attention to the elusive, the momentary and the residual. She uses sculpture as means of uncovering and mapping the subtle forces and entropies contained in materials. Tracing the intimate intersections between knowledge and making, her work unpacks the history of form and the form of history through unfolding circular processes, evoking a tenuous sense of narrative in groups of materials that are bound by their histories. Pollen, coal, milk, plaster, wax, oil and ink often coincide in her installations. Many of her pieces, although working within a concept of sculpture, exist as flat planes and use acts such as folding, layering, polishing or covering to establish a sense of image-hood that emphasises the notion of surface as a point of intersection between sculptures, images and architectural forms.
Recent exhibitions include A Vague Anxiety at Irish Museum of Modern Art (2019); Disruptors, Highlanes Gallery (2019); Fore, fold, Pallas Projects/Studios (solo, 2019). Recent awards include Arts Council Visual Arts Project Award (2021); Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary Award (2020; 2017); Arts Council Travel and Training Award (2018). Recent residencies include Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin (2018-2023); Centre for the Environment, Trinity College Dublin (2021); ‘Landscape, Ecology and Environment,’ Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2020-21); Graphic Studios Residency, funded by Dublin City Council (2020-21) and Rapid Residency, Science Gallery Dublin, funded by the Provost’s Academic Development Fund, Trinity College Dublin (2020). Her work is held in the collections of the Arts Council and the Office of Public Works.