Maria McKinney makes context-responsive work in a variety of media about agriculture, genomics and cattle breeding.
Born in Belfast, Lauren Gault now lives and works between Glasgow, Scotland and Larne, Co. Antrim. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee from 2004 to 2008. Her work is research-led and process-driven, engaging with multiple fields, including agri-policies, biomaterials, archaeology, and sound-image composition.
Lauren’s practice seeks to expand critical discussions around material sentience, future agri-relations and radical human/non-human interconnectivity. Her work evokes fleeting encounters between profoundly different materialities, times and contexts, opening a space for objects to communicate and resonate with one another. In an attempt to develop a new language from these enquiries, her work acts as a tangible space to pose pertinent questions surrounding current and future human/non-human interdependencies. She is interested in how matter can provide physical access or ‘bridges’ between times, environments or intents, and selecta materials and processes that seek to suspend, hold, and make tangible this bridging e.g. examining eight-hundred-year-old bog butter which still possesses freshness, or using microfading technology to impose ten years’ worth of daylight on a surface to reveal its future state. By doing so, these acts explore the archaeological theory of the ‘sensorial assemblage’.
Lauren Gault applied for a Golden Fleece Award to fund a residency in Dublin that would support the development of new work for an upcoming solo exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery + Studos, and the production of her first artist book including artwork documentation, research materials and new texts.