Monica de Bath
My practice is shaped by an understanding of Land as more than physical site but also as discursive, phenomenological and poetic.
The current work explores the complexities of stories that are interlaced with a people’s relationship with Land, with each other and with the urgent need to make a living. Paintings, notebooks and site actions throw up dissenting voices about how land is valued, used up or conserved – and about who is responsible for it.
Monica de Bath lives and works in Ireland between the English speaking area and the Irish speaking area (The Gaeltacht). She studied painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and has an M.A. in Visual Arts Practices from the Institute of Art and Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire. Amongst the awards she has received are Arts Award 2013, Publication Award, and Residency Award 2012 from Kildare County Council, Research Award 2009 and Commission Award 2007 from The Arts Council of Ireland.
Recent Solo exhibitions include Public Access Gallery, Edenderry, Co. Offaly 2013, PLOT / CEAPACH, Ballina Arts Centre and PLOT / CEAPACH, Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet. 2012.
Selected shows 2010 -2012 include Country Arts South Australia Visual Arts Touring Programme, Australia, Collective Contemporary Art, RDS, Dublin and Public Gesture at THE LAB, Dublin.
Her work is in public and private collections.