Paraic works in sculpture, installation and video.
Themes in his Work
Paraic makes sculptural installations using commonplace industrially manufactured materials. Plasterboard, stud walls, suspended ceilings and mirror are barely transformed. They are coerced into an anxious and tentative relationship with the surface image of the room they occupy. The structures reveal the fault lines of the social system we inhabit.
His current work has taken inspiration from a number of texts. ‘The Poetics of Space’ by Gaston Bachelard (1958), offers a poetic and philosophical investigation of the psychology of domestic spaces. ‘The Rise of the Network Society’ (1996) by Manuel Castells. In this work he describes the effects of informationism on social and spatial organisation. “The space of flows”, explained Castells, “dissolves time by disordering the sequence of events and making them simultaneous, thus installing society in eternal ephemerality”.
He is interested in engaging the viewer psychologically. Through the work the viewer is presented with a vision of architecture’s inadequacy to physically express the social organisation of the information age.
Collaborative Arts Practice
He is experienced working in the area of collaborative arts practice. From 1999-2002 he worked with a development organisation working at developing social, economic and cultural links between border communities.
In 2008, Paraic started working on a project called Life’s No Picnic on the Streets with Depaul Ireland, a homeless charity working with marginalised homeless in Ireland. In the first year Paraic was one of three visual artists selected to create a body of work made in collaboration with service users for exhibition at Electric Picnic arts and music festival. Paraic was then asked to be curator of the project. By 2012 over 20 artists, and over 60 service users participated.
Teaching & Research
Paraic lectures in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at the Institute of Art Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire (IADT). His cultural policy research interests range from Youth participation in Culture to Cultural Rights and Cultural Democracy.
2018 MFA Fine Art Sculpture National College of Art and Design.
2003 MA Cultural Policy University College Dublin.
1998 BA honours degree in Fine Art (Painting) University of Ulster.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 MFA Graduae Show, NCAD, Dublin
2017 Half Baked, Eblana House, Dublin
2017 Detached, Solstice, Navan
2011 Life with Edits, Peer Reviewed Screening, the Joinery, Dublin
2009 Fingal County Collection Exhibition, Farmleigh House, Dublin
2008 Life’s No Picnic on the Streets, Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Laois
2006 Draiocht Centre for the Arts, Blanchardstown, Dublin
2003 Monaghan County Museum
2001 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan
2001 Monaghan County Museum
2000 Artstore, Southwilliam St, Dublin
1999 Markethouse, Monaghan
2019 Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast
2010 Screening of ‘Ignatius Road’ Short Film Xavior Hall, Dublin
2002 Draiocht Centre for the Arts, Blanchardstown, Dublin
2002 Monaghan County Museum, Monaghan
2000 Markethouse Gallery, Monaghan
1999 Basement Gallery, Dundalk
2010 Louth County Council Arts Grant
2007 Dublin City Council Arts Grant
2004 Patrick Kavanagh Centenary Commission Monaghan Museum
2003 Cavan Crystal Hotel – Binary Series commissioned by hotel
2001 Residency award – Draiocht Centre for the Arts, Blanchardstown, Dublin
1999 Portrait of Sir John Leslie – Commissioned by Castle Leslie Estate
Fingal County Council Collection, Dundalk Urban District Council, Monaghan County Council, Monaghan County Museum, Leslie Castle collection, Cavan Crystal Hotel collection, numerous private collections