Aideen Barry ( IRL) is an artist whose means of expression are interchangeable, incorporating performance, moving image and sculptural manifestations. Employing visual trickery to create a heightened suspension of reality, the common denominator of Barry's work is an attempt to deal with anxiety.
At play in her more recent works is an emphasis on optical fiction to generate a sense of cognitive dissonance. The viewer experiences the work in a paradoxical fashion: attracted and yet repelled. Barry often engages with the instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, questioning an idea of phenomenology and resulting in situations of the uncomfortably strange and threatening. Feminist meditations on gynophobia and the monstrous are a McGuffin in her most recent moving image works. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Barry is currently showing a major survey of her work entitled Brittlefiled at the Royal Hibernian Academy running until September 2016.
Other recent significant projects include: 2018 solos MARFA Contemporary, 2017 Lexicon Gallery Solo, The Museum of August Destiny at Lismore Castle, Visual Carlow, DLR Lexicon (2017), Commission by the Arts & Heritage Trust UK (2015), Changing Tracks, EU Public Art Commission (2014), Art Omi International Residency, New York (2013), Headlands Centre for the Arts, San Francisco (2011), Banff Centre Residency (2007), Skaftfell, Iceland (2007). International projects at: Liste Art Fair (Basel, CH) & Mothers Tankstation (2010 & 2011), Wexner Centre, OH (2010), Moderna Musett, SE (2008), Musée des Beaux Arts, Lyon (2009), Louise T. Bloudin Gallery, UK (2007), Galeria I H, Malaga, ES (2012), CAC, ES (2012), Artscene, Shanghai (2005), BAC, Geneva, CH (2011), and Catherine Clarke Gallery, CA (2011).