Niamh O’Malley

O’Malley’s processes of visual scrutiny and composition are rendered in surfaces of wood, glass, steel, and stone.

All images Courtesy by the artist

Carefully paced and obscured moving images and films remind us of their own catch and capture, and seeing, again and again. In her exhibition practice the objects speak; a limestone doorstep awaits the weight of our step as we enter, a polished handrail protrudes and subtly prompts us around a corner. These are silent but earnest guides, of the body and its presence and positioning. She questions whether an artwork can locate us and prime us for a moment of attention. O’Malley wishes to hold things together for a moment so they can be made visible and present. Her sculptural practice gestures towards enabling, offering protection, conveying sensations of touch, and more – of grabbing, holding, caressing surfaces, offering moments of tether and precarious poise.

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