Provisional. Christine Mackey

2 Apr 2015 – 2 May 2015

AC Institute

New York
New York, United States


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Provisional: Having the nature of a temporary arrangement made to meet special circumstances and intended to last only as long as these circumstances last. (Oxford dictionary)


Opposing the historical mapmaking of cartography, Provisional is a temporary route drawn outside of the traditional grid. Working directly from maps, Christine Mackey traces the international borders of the Americas onto various lengths of scotch tape that are then applied to the gallery walls at random. By adopting the concept of the ‘rhizome’ as a process of de-territorialisation and de-stabilization, Mackey’s site-specific installation usurpes the norms of topology and catrography.


Christine Mackey is an independent studio-based artist at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (Ireland). Her research-based practice is rooted in environmental concerns and the development of meaningful participation working across a range of disciplines and site-specific contexts. Mackey graduated with a practice-based PhD at the University of Ulster (Belfast, 2012). She has participated in a range of national and international residency programmes including AIR Rejmyre Art Lab (Sweden, 2014), Killruddery House and Gardens/Mermaid Arts Centre (Wicklow, 2014), Art & Sustainability (Cambridge School of Art, 2013) and ArtLink (Ireland, 2013-2014). Recent solo exhibitions include SEED MATTER (Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2013), Labor on … as if (Draoicht Arts Centre, 2013) and Living Fields (Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2012). Mackey has been a receipt of Individual Artists Bursary awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Leitrim County Council and Culture Ireland.


Funding provided by Culture Ireland.

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