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‚Äôs 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 graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design and completed an MFA in the National College of Art and Design in June 2016. She has had solo exhibitions with several galleries. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Invocation', Tallaght Community Arts, RUA RED Gallery, Dublin. 'Weather', Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin, and 'Drawing on the Body Exhibition', Symposium on Medicine and the Visual Arts, University of Ulster, Belfast,Northern Ireland.

Shows abroad include 126's 'How Do You Know' show, Blankspace Gallery, Oakland, California, USA.

She has been selected and invited to several group shows, the RUA, RHA, Eigse, the Oireachtais, Iontas, Aer Rianta, and the Boyle Arts Festival, to name a few.

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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