Judy Carroll Deeley

Judy Carroll Deeley is a visual artist from Dublin. Her practice encompasses painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, installation, and collaborative projects. Her new series of oil paintings, Capitalocene: From a Time of Ambition, is concerned with the environment under duress due to commercial mining activity. This on-going work was initially inspired by visits to the lunar-like landscape of Tynagh Mine, Co. Galway, in the 1980s. The current work is underpinned by research trips to mining sites in Ireland, Estonia, and South Africa in her collaboration with UCD Humanities Institute in the role of main project artist on their international study ‘Post-extractivist Legacies and Landscapes: Humanities, Artistic and Activist Responses’.
Carroll Deeley has had eight solo shows. Her work featured in group shows in Ireland, USA, and Northern Ireland. Her paintings are in the permanent art collections of UCD, Villanova University, The Central Bank Dublin, OPW Dublin, Ballinglen Arts Foundation and in many private collections. She is the recipient of two Arts Council awards. She is a graduate of NCAD Dublin where she received a BA Honours in Fine Art Painting in 2008. In 2011 she graduated with an MA Hons. in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

One consistent thread through my creative practice has been work focussing on ecology, and in particular the human relationship with our environment. What can we do now to ameliorate the stress placed on planet Earth by untethered human commercial activity? How can we ensure a liveable future? From 2022 to 2024 I was main project artist in collaboration with UCD Humanities Institute on their international study ‘Post-extractivist Legacies and Landscapes’. I travelled on research trips to mine sites in Estonia, Ireland, and South Africa. I observed the impact of extractivist practices on local environments and later, I responded through the creation of a series of paintings in oil on canvas titled Capitalocene: From a Time of Ambition. The Humanities Institute’s study will become a reference resource for governments and policymakers worldwide.

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In autumn 2023 I participated in How It’s Made Meitheal a Creative Call for Climate Action curated by Valeria Ceregini. This examined how consumer goods are made – through manufacture following the mining of vital constituent materials. My contribution included exhibiting my Estonian mining paintings and a conversation with scientist/engineer Dr John Gallagher. He pointed out that 80% of a product’s environmental impact occurs at the design stage. So, from the outset it’s crucial to use sustainable materials. Raw materials are limited. Reducing reliance on them is the way forward. This promotes a circular economy where recycling is key. My paintings seek to catch the eerie beauty of extractivist landscapes while conveying the damage mining wreaks on the environment.

Judy Carroll Deeley Visual Artist | Dublin | Contemporary Irish Art