Miranda Blennerhassett

This Dublin-based artist was recommended to me by a fellow M.A student. She happens to be a friend of hers and is someone I would be interested in meeting. We are learning a lot from each other in the close working quarters which I am finding really helpful. We visit one another’s studios regularly for chats about our work, swap books etc. This type of open but partitioned workspace is more suitable for me than a previous studio space that was isolated in its own room away from the other artists, though it took me a little time to settle.

Miranda Blennerhassett works with the medium of painted installation to engage with the relationship between art and architecture.  Using this technique she explores the subjects of contemporary architecture, urban design, ornamentation and modernism.  The work responds directly to the location’s contextual, formal and material qualities whilst incorporating motifs and themes from the research she is carrying out at the time.

Miranda Blennerhassett completed an MFA at NCAD in Dublin in 2011.  Prior to that she was based in Scotland, graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee with a BA in 2004.

Selected exhibitions include: Drawn Away Together, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; Temple of Psychic Youth, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Spectrum of Activity, Black Mariah, Cork; 2nd International Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest; Desire Lines, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; In Residence, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Platforma, Cooper Gallery, Dundee.

Miranda Blennerhassett’s work focuses on architecture and the perception of urban spaces. Through gaining an understanding of constructed space, and also of utopian attempts to create an idealised urban context in order to produce an idealised urban society, she makes work that references a purity of vision. As a counterpoint to this the works also acknowledge the flaws and failures in these plans”