Kari Cahill

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She completed her BA(Fine Art Media), NCAD in 2012. She has worked as creative director for a number of large projects, has curated exhibitions and residencies, and has produced a number of large-scale installations and paintings. Since 2015 a large part of her work has been focused on her 2D painting and photography practice which draws heavily from the movement of the natural landscape and elements of Ireland.

Kari is drawn to the idea that we are from the land, and that through our experience of it we begin to embody its essence. Her work aims to close the gap between physical and emotional experiences of place. Through her projects she has been occupied with the notion that in order to understand where we come from and the elements that form us both evolutionarily and culturally, we must first find a way of accessing the natural world; spend time in deep forests, watch the power of crashing waves, sit still and see the clouds moving overhead. Kari’s most recent series of works are a visual interpretation of these experiences. 

While she was studying Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, she set up ‘Basic Space’ – a not-for-profit artist-led contemporary art space, and was Director of the space from 2011-2014. Basic Space existed in a 10,000 sq Foot Warehouse in the heart of Dublin 8, before moving to Marrowbone Lane as part of the Art’s Council of Ireland’s Vacant Spaces Initiative. She set up residency programs and curated exhibitions and projects within this context; facilitating the work of both Irish and International artists practising a range of disciplines. Basic Space produced work for the closing ceremony of EV+A International as part of Gracelands 2012, as well as taking up residency at IMMA and TBG+S for a period.

She is one half of ‘Lay of the Land’ (LOTL) – a site responsive arts organisation with artist Hazel Mc Cague. LOTL projects create greater accessibility to the arts in rural communities while allowing the visual arts to stand alone as a valuable and necessary cultural activity and experience. This is achieved through exhibitions, residencies, dialogue and short-term projects in an ever-growing number of locations throughout this island. At its core, LOTL wants to challenge artists and audiences, by both making art more accessible and integrated into the lives, communities and landscapes around us, and by driving artists o create informed artworks of a quality and depth demanded by the magnitude of their surrounding landscapes. LOTL’s annual projects TOMBOLO & SILVA have facilitated the development of 12 artists to date through a residency followed by a large outdoor exhibitions on Brow Head, and at Knockomagh Wood in West Cork.