Christine Mackey is an independent research-based visual artist attending to complex environmental issues iterated through a range of site-specific and socially engaged contexts. Recent residencies include; The Song of the Wind, Jeollanam-do Cultural Foundation, Korea; DrawInternational, France; Woodland Symposium, Interface, Galway, Utopiana, Geneva, WATERlands Horizon 2020 project UCD (2023). Awarded Arts Council Visual Bursary Award and Culture Moves Europe (2023). Group exhibition and public engagements with Interface for EarthRising Imma (2023). Recent Solo exhibitions include The Long Field Leitrim Sculpture and Safe Hold, Wexford Arts Centre (2021).
For some years now Christine Mackey’s work has been attending to complex environmental issues iterated through a range of site-specific and socially engaged contexts. Issues that are conceptually and physically pursued through the subject of the seed and the agency of plant matter. Here seeds are defined as a set of social relations that capture a mix of botany, science, art, and philosophy. This opens a series of creative tactics – digging, drawing, planting, harvesting, mulching, and writing – activities that parallel the work of the gardener. Through this eclectic and microscopic lens, the entangled narratives and often antagonistic relationship between human and non-human species manifest across multiple forms. With evolving projects, public engagements, publications, and exhibitions meticulously researched generating novel, temporal and durational approaches iterated though multiple sites, with the non-human across micro and macro ecologies.