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Through the combination of the diverse forms and strategies within her work, Vanessa O’Reilly encourages an open-ended, fluid practice and interaction with her audience. The work is produced through presence, response, and potentiality rather than from fixed notions of origin or previous purpose.

In Feux D’artifice (2003) she installed coloured gels and a sound piece of herself impersonating fireworks. ‘The communication that interests me is a response to place as an accumulation of several scenarios rather than an analysis of site. These scenarios are the collection, creation and arrangement of narratives through documentation and fiction.’

Vanessa O’Reilly was born in Mexico in 1972. She is an Irish artist educated at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland, Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick, Ireland and Chelsea College of Art in London. In 1997 she returned to London to live and work.

She has exhibited in the Turin Biennale in Italy, and in 2002 she had her first UK solo exhibition, Premises, at Milch Gallery London and also selected for Eurojet Futures at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland. Forthcoming projects for 2003/4 are the Bienal de La Habana, Cuba and NoRespect, Dublin, Ireland.

Visiting Artists’ Talk

Monday 27th October, 6.30-7.30pm

Gasworks Studios
155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH

admission free