Biography

Artist Statement

My practice explores the human condition in social, political and cultural contexts, in order to reflect on life, generating a space to engage with complex issues that raise questions and promotes critical dialogue.  I use paint, moving images, stills, text and sound to create a multi-layered meaningful form of expression, that investigates new perspectives and examines our assumptions. My work is interdisciplinary in nature, sometimes collaborative, and often deals with challenging subject matter regarding the role of humanity, as individuals, as communities, and universally. I seek to find alternative points of view in order to critically analyze, and to create new conversations around humanity’s shared concerns.  Key components of my practice include, painting, drawing, research, film, editing, and sound design.

Bernie Masterson / A Brief CV

Bernie Masterson was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.  She has exhibited in both solo and group shows in Ireland and abroad.  Recent exhibitions include, Glitch Festival, Digital Traces – A Glitch Seminar, curated by Mathew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan of MART, RUA RED Galery Dublin, (2017). Homeland ‘Of Memory’, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary (2018, 2019). The Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition Open (2018). Homeland ‘Of Memory’, Damer House Gallery, LOOP Festival, curated by Angel Garcia and Natalia Foguet, Safia Art Contemporari, Barcelona, Spain (2018, 2019). ‘St. Brigid’s Day’, exhibition curated by Martina Hamiliton, The Hamiliton Gallery, 12 Star Gallery, Europe House Westimister, London, Dublin, and Sligo (2018). ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’, exhibition, The Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo and The Irish Consulate in New York, USA Sept / Nov (2019). Irish Short Reels Series, Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles, CIACLA August (2019

She has several awards and residency from the Arts Council, including the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal Award for painting from the Oireachtais.

Her works are in many collections both at home and abroad including the OPW, Limerick County Council, Mircosoft Ireland, Dept of Telecommunication and Regulation, Tyrone Production, and Harcourt Development, Axa Insurance, Fingal County Council, Department of Finance and Personnel, N. Ireland Civil Service, Allied Irish Bank and many more.

She lives and works in Dublin.

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