Emma Brennan (She/Her) is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly in performative practices to include multi-media installation, moving image and collaborative processes.
At the core of my practice is the persistent draw of the material of dough. With the unyielding bond between it and I, my relationship with this material is not just physical, it is also emotional, spiritual and political. The incorporation of dough into my work holds both ancestral and sentimental value. In capturing the processes of this material, in all of it’s alchemic, formal and sensory properties, I explore the complexities of the creation of a living, breathing thing.
My work is currently occupied with the cyclical processes of breathing/living and is formed upon the four pillars of; gestation, birth, life and death. My practice is moving towards a body of work specific to how these pillars relate to the female form. I am thinking about this within the context of Ireland (both currently and historically) and then more intimately where I stand amongst it, not only as artist and creator but also as a queer, Irish, female-identfying, living/breathing being.
Originally from Dublin, Brennan is now based In Belfast having fulfilled a directorship and term as chairperson with Catalyst Arts. She is a studio member of Flax Art Studios and has recently been chosen as one of the BBeyond performance collective’s new commissioned artists of 2021. As part of which she will present an entirely new work to be shown as part of the Cathedral Arts Festival in May. She will also be performing as part of the Belfast International Festival of Performance Art this coming March while working towards an exhibition later in the year in the Glór gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare curated by Moran Been-Noon.