Sinéads work to date has referred to spatial experience through her use of words in the Irish language that describe the lived environment. ‘Imlíne, Eatramh, Imeall, Ardán. This alliterative litany of nouns in Irish are derived from titles of solo exhibitions she presented nationally and internationally in various venues over the past decade. As their equivalent terms in English – ‘Contour’, ‘Interval’, ‘Margin’, ‘Platform’ – cumulatively suggest, a prevailing concern in her work is with the elaboration and exploration of bounded space. Given the particular nature of her painting, we are free to interpret this primarily in formal terms, as a concern with the construction of a pictorial architecture; or, alternatively, we may opt to relate it to the distinct varieties of socio-cultural or symbolic space invoked in individual pictures, and sometimes affirmed by their attendant titles. Such openness to ambiguity is telling. After all, she has always drawn freely on the legacy of modernist abstraction, while remaining happy to accommodate what modernist painting’s sternest gatekeeper, the American critic Clement Greenberg, dismissed as ‘homeless representation’ more than half a century ago. This determined indeterminacy, if we might call it that, has been a consistent aspect of her working method from the outset. Sinéad prefers to regard vagueness as a virtue rather than a vice, and prize evasion as a useful strategy as an artist.
Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh (b 1977) graduated in 2001 from Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Ní Mhaonaigh has exhibited extensively in both Ireland and abroad at venues including Limerick City Gallery of Art, Anthony Slayter-Ralph Fine Art, Los Angeles, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, Millenium Court Arts Centre, Armagh, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, The Living Room Gallery, New York, Ard Bia Berlin. Ní Mhaonaigh’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections including The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Office of Public Works, Ernesto Ventós Barcelona, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Drogheda Municipal Art Collection at Highlanes Gallery. Ní Mhaonaigh was awarded the HOTRON Art Award, 2019, John Moores Painting Prize shortlist, 2018, The Marmite Prize for Painting V shortlist, 2016, Joint winner of The Hennessy Craig Scholarship, 2010, AIB Prize shortlist, 2009.
The artist is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.