Fergal McCarthy

Fergal McCarthy is a 39 year old visual artist living in Dublin. Originally a painter he has now extended his practice to include lens based media, site specific installations & performance.

From Fergal’s website:

“I’m a 39 year-old visual artist living in Dublin. I originally worked as a painter but in recent years I have widened my practice to include installations, photography and film.

While working in Reykjavik in 2006 I became interested in the effect the sagas have on the Icelandic people, these stories seem a tangible manifestation of national character, a concept I wished to investigate by physically recreating scenes from the sagas at their original locations.

My current work is concerned with similar issues of national character and identity in Ireland. I swim in the river Liffey in Dublin regularly in an attempt to physically assimilate with a city in which I wasn’t born. I’m interested in how the spirit of a nation is expressed through myth and how writers and artists, through their work, contribute their own myths which influence how people see themselves. In this regard I am fascinated by the output of JM Synge, Paul Henry and James Joyce.

In September 2010 I presented ‘Liffeytown’, my largest, (and most problematic!) work to date, an installation of giant red and green floating houses on the river Liffey.

I grew up in Limerick. Between 1990 and 1993 I studied for a degree in Education and French. My background in teaching echoes through my work, I have huge problems retaining skills and information so I use my work, particularly ‘The Memory Laboratory’ installation, as a method of self-education. I am married to Christine Monk, an Australian arts publicist and we have a three year old son named Dash.”