Ali Kirby creates sculptural assemblages and installations that physically respond to the built environment. Ordinary construction materials are re-purposed to create seemingly robust structures that reveal their fragility upon inspection. Concrete, plaster, soap and textiles often sit side by side in these sculptural arrangements that position themselves somewhere between interior and exterior space. Her approach to materials and colour is intuitive, often employing a muted palette, soft textures and hard edges to create the various surfaces and forms normally associated with architecture. These soft-edged fabrics and forms butt up against concrete or wood in an attempt to draw our attention to the relationships between materials, how they connect, support, become damaged or distressed and ultimately reveal their potential for transformation.
Ali Kirby, born in Dublin, Ireland, graduated in 2014 with first class honours (BA) in Fine Art from LSAD, specialising in Sculpture & Combined Media. Recent exhibitions include Recalling Familiar Entities (2018) 126 gallery, Galway, Thinking Living Dwelling (2017) the Dock, Leitrim, Futures, Series 3, Episode 1 (2017) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, only connect (2017) Kevin Kavanagh gallery, Dublin, all shimmers here (2016) MART Gallery, Dublin, Describing Architecture - Memory and Place (2015) City Assembly House, Dublin, the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition (2015) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Periodical Review #4 (2015) Ormston House, Limerick, Periodical Review #4 (2014) Pallas Projects, Dublin, First Light, LSAD Graduate Show (2014), LSAD, Limerick, Essays for the House of Memory (2014) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2013) LSAD, Limerick, Single Channel (2013) Chartier Arts Venue, Connecticut, USA, Undertow (2012) the LAB, Dublin, Undertow (2011) Ormston House, Limerick, Open Drawing Awards (2010) LSAD, Limerick.
Sunday Times, Culture Magazine, Flock of the new, Cristín Leach, 2 April 2017, p.8.
Circa Art Magazine, only connect, Marie Farrington, 29 March 2017, online.
Irish Times, Arts & Ideas, The Hunger Games in reverse, Aidan Dunne, 28 March 2017, p.10.
Limerick Leader, The Arts Interview, 23 February 2017, p.3.
Irish Arts Review, Regeneration, Graduates article, Autumn edition 2014, p.93.
LandEscape Art Review, March 2013, interview p.58
Arts Council Next Generation Bursary Award 2017.
Fire Station Artist's Studios Sculpture Workshop Residency Award & Bursary 2016.
Royal Hibernian Academy Studio Award 2015.
DLR Professional Development Grant 2017.
Albert Cottages Residency, Dublin, March 2018 - March 2019.
PROCESS Residency, ArtBox, Dublin, January 2017.
Ali Kirby in conversation with curator Daniel Bermingham, 126 gallery, Galway, 24 March 2018.
To Dwell is to Think - A talk about place, location and influence. Anna Macleod, Ali Kirby and Jo Holmwood. The Dock, Leitrim, 16 September 2017.
Basic Talks, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, 12 May, 2017.
e1027 - Eileen Gray, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Nice, May 2017.
The Barcelona Pavilion - Mies Van der Rohe & Lilli Reich, Barcelona, May 2017.