Artist Rhona Byrne’s hand-made objects, installations and collaborative, event‐based, projects explore the interactions between people and their habitat. Bolthole from the IMMA Collection consists of 40 component pieces and invites visitors to construct and reconstruct the installation to make their own environments. The spaces can be individual shelters/dens or a large configuration of pieces to make one large space. Participants construct and inhabit an ever-changing moving installation.
Bolthole purchased by IMMA in 2016 with the support of the Hennessy Fund consists of The work has been shown at Tate Britain, 2012; Turbine Hall Tate Modern curated by Katy Fitzpatrick, 2012/13; IMMA, Action All Areas, 2013; The Big House Festival, performance collective, 2013; IMMA, Hennessy Art Fund, 2016 and Visual Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow, 2015-16.
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Bolthole from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) consists of forty component pieces and invites visitors to construct and reconstruct the installation to make their own environments. The spaces can be individual shelters/dens or a large configuration of pieces to make one large space. Participants construct and inhabit an ever-changing moving installation.
Rhona Byrne is an Irish Dublin based artist who works across performative and social sculpture, making sculptural spaces, installations, relational objects, drawing, video and photography. Often responding to a site or context, her practice is connective, with a collaborative and cross – disciplinary approach. Her projects are an enquiry into the complex multi-dimensionality of physical and social space, embodiment and interaction, place and affect.
She graduated with a BFA Sculpture NCAD in 1994. Rhona has exhibited and has been commissioned extensively in Ireland and internationally and has been supported with numerous awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. Rhona has undertaken several artist residencies internationally. Rhona work is in the collection of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland, Fingal County Council, Facebook, Microsoft, Beaumont hospital, NUI Maynooth, The Rollercoaster society America and private collections. Rhona is currently a part time lecturer in LSAD Sculpture and Combined Media.