Artist Statement May 2018

Melissa O’Faherty is a visual artist working in the mediums of drawing, painting and photography. Her drawing images are imagined forms and landscapes that explore the scientific new planetary findings of today and the uncertainties of a sustainable future. Tension, vulnerability and disturbance weave through the narrative of subject matter.

The aesthetic is influenced by early experiments found in 19th Century illusionistic spirit photography and stereographic images where blurred and ambiguous shapes emerge from flattened perspective towards the viewer. There is a play here between abstract and representational.

Ongoing projects include further research into devices that can create this temporary traversal of pictorial space within an image and a cinematic blocking out of all surrounds experience. Also continued investigation into how the act of considered drawing and mark- making can question and connect to subject matter.

“…leave the body behind us and sail away into one strange scene after another, like disembodied spirits.”
Oliver Wendall Holmes c. 1879 (on the subject of stereography)


Graduated from IADT, Dublin, Ireland (Vis Comm)1993. Recent exhibitions include Pallas Periodical Review #7, Dublin 2017. Solo exhibition at Mermaid Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow 2017. Royal Hibernian Academy, group annual 2016. Solo exhibition at Signal Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow 2016.

Residencies include Cill Railaig Artists Retreat, Co.Kerry 2016. Tyrone Gutherie Artist Centre, Co.Monaghan 2017, 2018.

Public collections Office Of Public Works, Ireland,  Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland. Private and corporate collections nationwide.