Aideen Barry ( Cork, 1979) is a visual artist whose work meditates on the mysteries and metaphysics which govern her interest in das Unheimliche (The Uncanny). Her work oscillates between the intensely personal, to the quotidian, to the exceptional, often simultaneously. The common denominator of her work is an attempt to deal with anxiety. Barry’s means of expression are interchangeable and she is known for working in the media of performance, film, animation, drawing, sculpture, installation, sound and musical composition.
She has had a number of solo shows at The Headlands Centre for the Arts (2011), Catherine Clark Gallery, USA (2012), The MCAC, Northern Ireland (2011), Galeria Isabel Malaga (2012) Spain, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2010), Galway Art Centre (2008), Mermaid Arts Centre(2009), Ard Bia Gallery (2006), Centre Cultural Irlandais (2003) and she has been selected for curated projects in The Crawford Municipal Gallery, (Terror & The Sublime 2009), Project Arts Centre (2010), Temple Bar Gallery (2007), The Royal Hibernian Academy (2009, Futures), Limerick City Gallery of Art (2009), Solstice Arts Centre(2010) and Visual, in Carlow (2010).
Internationally she has shown work in Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland (2010), The Wexner Centre, Ohio (2009), Moderna Museet, Sweden (2008), Musée des Beaux Arts, Lyon (2009), Louise T. Bloudin Gallery, London (2007), Artscene, Shanghai (2005) The MCAC in Northern Ireland (2011), and In Who’s afraid of Performance, Geneva, Switzerland (2011), San Francisco International Animation Festival (2012), group exhibitions at Catherine Clark Gallery in San Fransisco (2012 ) and Project 304 Gallery, at Bangkok Thailand (2007).
Future projects include a residency in Art Omi in New York in June of this year followed by shows at The Lab, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Trinity College, all Dublin, and ARCO (Spain). Barry has won numerous awards for her practice including: The Claremorris Open Award (2004), The Silent Light Film Award (Cork Film Festival), The Project New Work Award from the Arts Council of Ireland (2008, 2009, 2010), a Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland (2010 & 2012), Culture Ireland Funds (2010 & 2011), Galway County Council Award (2011), Travel and Training Award (2007, 2011), and in 2010 she was shortlisted for the AIB prize.