Mary McIntyre graduated MFA (1990) from Ulster University, where she is now a Reader in Fine Art and Course Director of MFA Fine Art. She is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award, Hennessy Arts Award and Arts Council of Northern Ireland Major Award. Her work is held in public collections including, Arts Council of England, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ulster Museum, Civil Service of Northern Ireland, Verdutte Institute Amsterdam and BT Millennium Collection.
Mary has explored different types of ‘space’ in her work in myriad ways over the past three decades. These investigations often focus on photographic depictions of places that have been forgotten or overlooked. The images she makes are frequently imbued with a psychological charge, hinting at traces of recent human presence and activity in evocative landscapes or interiors.
Interested in how a photograph occupies a gallery space as a physical object, and how the environment surrounding the image might inform how a work is experienced, she uses large-scale sculptural installations as a means of activating the rooms that her photographs inhabit, to create bespoke environments from which to consider each image. Increasingly engaged in collaborative and cross-disciplinary practice, in particular as founder of the electronic record label TONN Recordings, Mary’s exhibitions have incorporated audio elements in the form of commissioned modular synth compositions produced by electronic artist Martial Canterel, made in response to her photographs.
Mary’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including:
- the Venice Biennale
- the Helsinki Photography Biennial
- The Courtauld Institute, London
- The MAC, Belfast
- Visual, Carlow
- Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
- Irish Museum of Modern Art
- Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh
- Museum of Contemporary Arts, Prague
- Turku Art Museum, Amos Art Museum, Oulu City Art Museum & Joensuu Art Museum, Finland
- Woodstock Gallery of Photography, New York