new work

Women at Work

The Wire Factory where my aunt worked is one aspect of my new project, Women at Work. This project is inspired by recently uncovered photographs and artefacts relating to my family background. This drawing features the wire factory workers, and is based on existing photographs. It highlights their solidarity and interdependence. This project examines the role source materials play in helping us to understand the past. 

1 The Wire Factory A (triptych)_mixed media on wallpaper_47 x 115 cm (each 47 x 37 cm)_202
1 The Wire Factory A (triptych)_mixed media on wallpaper_47 x 115 cm (each 47 x 37 cm)_202

Women at Work Series

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2 The Wire Factory B (triptych)_mixed media on wallpaper_47 x 115 cm_(each 47 x 37 cm)_202
2 The Wire Factory B (triptych)_mixed media on wallpaper_47 x 115 cm_(each 47 x 37 cm)_202

Women at Work Series

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12 Judy Carroll Deeley_The Factory_collage and mixed media on board_A3_2021
12 Judy Carroll Deeley_The Factory_collage and mixed media on board_A3_2021

Women at Work Series

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1 The Wire Factory A (triptych)_mixed media on wallpaper_47 x 115 cm (each 47 x 37 cm)_202
1 The Wire Factory A (triptych)_mixed media on wallpaper_47 x 115 cm (each 47 x 37 cm)_202

Women at Work Series

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Turfed

This project concerns Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels to an eco-friendlier source of heating, power and energy. Turf from the bogs of Ireland has served us well in industry and in the domestic setting over the past 80 years or more. Saving turf for household heating and cooking has been a tradition in many rural families for centuries.

We now understand, however, that fossil fuels damage the environment and are detrimental to our health. Many houses have open fireplaces that burn wood, coal and peat products. Smoky coal has been banned in cities of more than 10,000 citizens. The effect of this action has been transformative. We no longer endure long smoggy winters. People with health problems such as respiratory illnesses feel the benefit most.

Now that the bogs have been given back over to nature, they have become havens for wildlife and fauna and they are glorious places to walk and visit.  Lough Boora in Co. Offaly and Girley Bog in the Boyne Valley in Co. Meath are examples.

19 Turfed_Collage on Paper_28 cm in diam
19 Turfed_Collage on Paper_28 cm in diam

Turfed: Works on Paper

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18 Turfed_Collage on Paper_28 cm in diam
18 Turfed_Collage on Paper_28 cm in diam

Turfed: Works on Paper

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2 Turfed_Collage and Pastel on Wallpaper
2 Turfed_Collage and Pastel on Wallpaper

Turfed: Works on Paper

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19 Turfed_Collage on Paper_28 cm in diam
19 Turfed_Collage on Paper_28 cm in diam

Turfed: Works on Paper

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Imagining Interiors

Certain rooms remind us of people, places, and events. In this series of paintings, I reimagine
rooms that trigger memories, personal or literary associations, or that delight my senses
through their light, colour, and décor.
The Interior Space is the private space traditionally allotted to women. Enclosure has been
vital to our survival as a species. Of course, there is the knock-on effect of containment.
Nowadays the home is increasingly a gender-neutral space with the blurring of male/female
roles and with larger numbers of people working from home.


The private house or home hosts myriad human emotions. Many important events, large and
small, take place there. My paintings range from the quiet and contemplative to the busy and
patterned. They point to the diversity of our experience within the home. I agree with the
French Philosopher Alan de Botton’s idea that ‘we are inconveniently vulnerable to the
colour of our wallpaper’. Colour and pattern promote an atmosphere in a room to which we
are susceptible even if we are unaware of it.


Below is the link to a video produced by Dr. Maebh O’Regan during my fellowship at the
Ballinglen Arts Foundation, where I talk about the home as interior.

https://drmaebhoregan.wistia.com/medias/vi2kc6jl1s

8 Lamplight_Oil on canvas_80 x 100 cm_20
8 Lamplight_Oil on canvas_80 x 100 cm_20

Imagining Interiors

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5 Beckett's Chair_Oil on canvas_100 x 80
5 Beckett's Chair_Oil on canvas_100 x 80

Imagining Interiors

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1 Kitchen Gold and Blue_Oil on canvas_10
1 Kitchen Gold and Blue_Oil on canvas_10

Imagining Interiors

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8 Lamplight_Oil on canvas_80 x 100 cm_20
8 Lamplight_Oil on canvas_80 x 100 cm_20

Imagining Interiors

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Personal Effects: A Family Story

(Preparatory Sketches)

Personal Effects: A Family Story is inspired by recently uncovered photographs and artefacts relating to my family background. We found these objects and photographs in my father’s old family home in south inner city Dublin.

I am using these source materials along with personal memories to reimagine the day-to-day lives of my father and his family. This project examines the role source materials play in helping us to understand the past. On a broader scale, based on further research involving reading newspapers, books and social documents of the period, I hope to show the impact of the institutions of home, church, work, leisure, and war on the lives of working class people in the early part of the 20th century.

We can never really know the past, memory is suspect, and my interpretation of the source materials is subjective. Acknowledging the ‘unknowableness’ of ‘back then’ is my starting point for this project.

28 A Family Story_Aunt Kitty_Oil on canv
28 A Family Story_Aunt Kitty_Oil on canv

A Family Story

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27 A Family Story_Oil Sketch_2020
27 A Family Story_Oil Sketch_2020

A Family Story

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1_A Family Story_Oil Sketch_2019
1_A Family Story_Oil Sketch_2019

A Family Story

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28 A Family Story_Aunt Kitty_Oil on canv
28 A Family Story_Aunt Kitty_Oil on canv

A Family Story

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