Marie Farrington’s sculptures trace the intimate intersections between history, knowledge and making by exploring the subtle forces and entropies contained in materials. Lending agency to invisible processes to reveal tiny occurrences unfolding in spaces and on surfaces, her sculptures act as ephemeral testing grounds that evoke a spectral presence and often uncover residual aspects of places. Marie’s material-lead works exist in conversation with the historical trajectories that have birthed them, working at once as a subversion and a making explicit of material while navigating how sites and substances may become imbued with value and meaning through time spent in contact with human processes. Introducing materials for their capacity to allude to memory and change, many of her pieces, although working within a concept of sculpture, exist as flat planes, establishing a sense of image-hood that emphasises the notion of surface as a point of intersection between sculptures, images and architectural forms.
Recent projects include Resort Revelations III, curated by Caroline Cowley (2018); SÍM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland (2018); Cf at the Research Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2017); These Circular Ruins, Dept. Of English, Maynooth University, curated by Aoife Tunney and Dr. Colin Graham (solo, 2016); In good faith they waited for gravity, RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre (solo, 2015); Periodical Review #4, Pallas Projects/Studios; COE 14, Claremorris, curated by Michelle Cotton; Stone Soup, The Sailor’s Home, Limerick, curated by Basic Space and The Producers, curated by Vaari Claffey.
Marie was recently awarded a residential studio at Fire Station Artists’ Studios (2018-2020). She is the recipient of the Arts Council Travel and Training Award (2018); Arts Council Visual Artists’ Bursary Award (2017); Firestation Artists Studios’ Sculpture Workshop Award and Bursary (2015); the RUA RED South Dublin County Council Graduate Award and Bursary (2015) and the 2014/15 Visual Culture Postgraduate Scholarship at NCAD.