Brigid Mulligan is a visual artist her work is informed by the lasting effects of grief and trauma on the human psyche and the manifestations that grief can ascertain.
Experiencing bereavement at age sixteen has left her forming her perspective of the world through a lens of loss. Interested in the role objects and light play in memorialization Mulligan creates immersive artworks that give viewers time and space for contemplation.
Through drawing, animation, object making and installation she hopes to add to the visual language of mourning. Using personal circumstances to create an opportunity to engage the viewer in a conversation about the unspoken burden of grief.
In 2018 Mulligan gained a Masters-in-creative Practice from CCAM Galway. Mulligan received a First-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Sculpture from CCAM Galway, in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in various Museums and Galleries nationwide. In autumn 2021 in Engage Galway Gallery Mulligan will have a solo exhibition of drawing and animation.
Awards include Professional Development Award from the Arts Council Ireland 2020, RHA scholarship 2020/21, a month-long residency in 126 Gallery and Galway city Council’s Tyrone Guthrie Bursary 2019. Upcoming residencies for 2021 include Cill Rialaig, Ballinaskelligs, Kerry and two months at Creative Spark Studios Dundalk.
As our nation experiences isolation in their grief, our mourning has become virtual. We log in to catch a glimpse of the priest and our friend or family members coffin on a computer screen, so far removed from our ritual of the Irish wake. As Ireland adapts our experience of communal grief during the pandemic Mulligan is questioning what a digital shrine might look like. Currently developing an alternative digital memorial site, a locative mapping system for people who have died on Irish roads. An alternative to a roadside shrine is a safe virtual space of recognition and validation of grief while also allowing people to communicate their communal loss.
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