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Cecilia Bullo’s recent work investigates the phenomenon of the introspective journey taken by people in hopes to heal their inner self.  The artist considers the coping mechanisms of the mind and body to mend the traumas we endure in life.

METANOIA, or “a change of mind” from the ancient Greek, represents conceptually for the artist an existential journey towards recovery.  The creation of personal mythologies by the individual who is in a state of metanoia, offers the artist a situation to explore the nature of the schizophrenic mind and body, the process of self-reparation, and the potential of amulets, which embody for the holder healing properties.  Bullo’s work offers a sensitive evocation of what it is to journey through trauma, and the aids we develop physically and psychologically to survive the affects of contemporary living.

 

 

 

BIO

Education

2013:

Professional Diploma in Visual Education (PDE), National College of Art & Design,  Dublin

2009:

Master in Fine Art Sculpture (MFA), National College of Art and Design, Dublin

2005:

Bachelor Degree in Fine Art Sculpture, (BA) Honours, Fine Art Academy of Brera, Milan, Italy

2002:

Scholarship, Fine Art Academy of Athens, Greece

1992:

Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture, Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin

 

Solo Exhibitions

2010:

The Fractured Self, curated by Deirdre Morrissey and Claire Behan. The Market Studios, Unit H Exhibition and Project Space, Dublin and Italian Institute of Culture, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. Text by Monica Flynn and talk by Philip Napier

2009:

METANOIA curated by Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Custom House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo

2006:

Wounds, Italian Cultural Institute, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017:

Transgender, Gender & Psychoanalysis – An Exhibition, Draper Hall, London, UK, curated by Mandy Wax and Spencer Rowell

Cabinet of Wonders, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland, curated by Ian Wieczorek

2016:

CLOT magazine, featured in London based online magazine dedicated to Art explorations into Science & Technology,

article by Meritxell Rosell Link:  www.clotmag.com/cecilia-bullo

Dublin Inquirer, Curios about: Wound X by Cecilia Bullo, Square in the middle, February 24

Link: www.dublininquirer.com/2016/02/24/curios-about-wound-x-by-cecilia-bullo/

2015:    

OAK, Open Art Killanure, ‘reawakening a ghost of times past’, curated by Pauline O’Connell, Killanure Castle, Co. Tipperary

2014:

RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, selected winners, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

Selection Box, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Dublin, curated by Elaine Grainger,

Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens, Dublin

RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin, 1st prize winner in the stone-carving category

RHA 184 Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Hive Emerging, curated by Brian Sullivan, Hive Galleries & Studios, Waterford

2013:

Selection Box, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Dublin, curated by Elaine Grainger & Aimee Nolan

2013 RDS Student Art Awards, RDS Concert Hall, Dublin

LAND: A Scarcity Banquet, invited to collaborate with The Prosperity Project, a durational conference and permanent artwork by artist Jesse Jones in collaboration with MOUTH, Create Ireland and the South Korean Society of Ireland, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

2012:

Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Talbot Gallery, Dublin, curated by Elaine Grainger and Claire Halpin

ARTWIKI Project, 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by Pit Schultz

Sculpture in Context, Botanical Gardens, Dublin

2011:

54th  Venice Biennale, Padiglione Italia, Venice, Italy and I.C.I Dublin, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and Francesca Valente

Fractures, Lines and Light, Red Stables, Dublin. Commissioned by Dublin City Council with Text by James Merrigan

2010:

NEU/NOW Visual Art Festival, L’Atelier, Nantes, France, curated by Anthony Dean and Paula Crabtree. Selected as Irish representative for N.C.A.D. Fine Art Department

A WAY OF COLLECTING, Collective Contemporary Art, RDS, Dublin, curated by Helen Carey

An Eire of the Senses, World Expo, Irish Pavilion, Shanghai P.R. China, curated by James Ryan

Claremorris Open ’10, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, curated by Lisa le Feuvre

2009:

Claremorris Open ’09, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, curated by Tom Morton

MFA Degree Show, Digital Depot, Thomas Steet, Dublin

2008:

Unfurl, Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin, guest curator Gavin Murphy

2007:

Attraction, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Talbot Street, Dublin, curated by Elaine Grainger

Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo, Ireland, curated by Michael Dempsey

Cead in China, Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, P.R. China, curated by James Ryan

2006:

Body of Work, Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast, curated by Shan McAnema

Engendered Species, Gatov&Merlino Galleries, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.,curated by  Karen Kleinfelder and Victoria Bryan

Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by Dr Karen Kleinfelder and Victoria Bryan

Gallery MK21, Hamburg, Germany, curated by Jan van de Pol

2005:

Gallery Exelmans, Neeroeteren, Belgium, curated by Jan van de Pol
Gallery Donkersvoort, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, curated by Jan van de Pol
Museo Della Permanente, Milan, Italy. Selected by art critic Luca Beatrice

 

Awards

2014:      

RDS Craft Awards, RDS, Dublin, 1st prize winner in the Stone-carving category

2010:     

Neu/Now Festival, ELIA, (the European League of Institutes of the Arts), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2009-2012:   

Awarded Graduate Studio at the Red Stables Artists Studios, Dublin City Council

2007:             

Arts Council of Ireland Travel Award

 

Selected Recent Residencies

2008:

Custom House Studios, Westport, Co.Mayo

2003:

International Sculpture Symposium, Irish Representative, Teulada, Italy
Wood Carving Symposium, University of Art &Technology,Brno,Czech Republic

2001:

International Sculpture Symposium, Rethimnio, Crete, Greece
Stone Carving Symposium, Grancona, Vicenza, Italy