Cliona Harmey has been active as an artist since the mid ‘90s. She studied sculpture at the National College of Art & Design, did a one-year residency at Arthouse Multimedia Centre, a HDip in Computer Science at UCD and has an MA in Visual Art Practices from IADT. She works in the Fine Art - Media Department at NCAD and is based at Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin.
Her current work often combines sculpture with live data from transport or communication infrastructure. Recent work has harvested both open satellite and real-time airline information to create works that engage with notions of time and information space. You can see some of her current work in Phoenix Rising, Art and Civic Imagination at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane until 29 March 2015.
In April 2014 she had a solo show, Troposphere, at Pallas Projects, an exhibition of systems-based sculptural works which were concerned with spatial, broadcast and environmental phenomena (flight data, light, atmospheric pressure).
The works in the show combined sculpture, object hacking, D.I.Y/enthusiast electronics and live transmission. The main projection work in the exhibition used a live-transmission of callsign information received from passing planes — combined with images of the sky — as a form of live electronic writing, updated each time another plane entered the range of the receiver.
Recent work shown at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Co. Cork was made after a visit to Haulbowline Naval Base and explored maritime flag signalling. Other areas of production include smaller scale sculptural work that is often inspired by artefacts of early technological inventions and communication technologies. Other exhibitions include Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Into the Light, The Model, Sligo, The Golden Mountain, Tulca 2013, We All Live on the Same Sea, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Unbuilding, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Quantified Self, The LAB, Dublin, The Last Blue Sky, mother's tankstation, Dublin.
For more information on the artist's work visit www.clionaharmey.info