“My installations help me to navigate the world. In Material Religion and Popular Culture, E. Frances King writes that people express their identity, affiliation – how they choose to be seen by others – through material objects. I am building shrines with a sense of cosmic otherness, working collaboratively with Irish sound composer Cian Walker of Strand Unit to produce sound atmospheres that imbue these simple forms with a magical quality.
“The creation of this work began during my recovery after operations for endometriosis. I started thinking about the female body and how it functions every day like a machine until it breaks down. When the body breaks down it is not uncommon for people to look outside themselves for survival and meaning. This work was made with a particular interest in material religion and popular culture, looking at how agents of faith act as a channel for petition.”
Eleanor McCaughey is an Irish artist living and working in Dublin, who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include East Wall, Dublin; Platform Arts, Belfast; 126 Gallery, Galway; The Complex, Dublin and Pallas Projects, Dublin. Recent group exhibitions include Galerie C.O.A., Montreal; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica; The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon and TULCA, Galway. Eleanor was awarded a Project Studio by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in 2021 and the Next Generation artist award by The Arts Council Ireland in 2018. Her work is represented in the OPW, Arts Council Collection and private collections in Ireland, Europe, United States and Canada.