Lily O’Shea (b. 1997) is an artist and writer based in Cork concerned with political questions surrounding the contemporary labourer. Lily’s work utilizes performance, sculpture, and text to expand on the materiality of precarity while foregrounding various anxieties endured by the modern-day worker.
Lily is currently an associate member of Sample-Studios, Cork, graduate resident at Backwater Artists Group, Cork, and recently completed a two-month residency at 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway (2021), and a desk research residency at The Guesthouse Project, Cork (2020). Recent solo exhibitions include slow puncture, Sample-studios, curated by Ali O’Shea, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Sep 17th – Oct 2nd, Cork (2021). Group exhibitions include; MART Annual Awards Show, Dublin (2021); a passive house, a publication initiated by Cork based curator Ali O’Shea involving artists Fiona Kelly, Dori O’Connell, Mary O’Leary and Lily O’Shea (2020); Rhetoric Degree Showcase, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland (2020); Villa the End, Berlin Gallery Weekend, Charlottenburg, Germany (2019). Recent writing include; ‘foggy’ a text featured on The Paper website, The Paper, (September 2021); ‘Laggard’, a text featured on The Paper website, The Paper, (March 2021); ‘Collaborative Survival in Precarious Times’, a text featured in Hypertext (Issue 06), Bloomers Magazine, (November 2020).
‘foggy’ a text featured on The Paper website – The Paper, 2021
slow puncture, solo show with Sample-studios, curated by Ali O’Shea, Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Cork. Featuring ‘balancing exercises’, a live performance with screen and stage actor Eibhlis Beirne as part of slow puncture, Culture Night 2021 Lord Mayors Pavilion, 6.30-6.50pm (fully booked).
Annual Awards Show, Harold’s Cross, Dublin – MART Gallery and Studios, 2021. Featuring ‘warm-up exercises’, live performance with screen and stage actor Eibhlis Beirne and Amber Deasy as part of Annual Awards Show 2021, MART, Harold’s Cross, Dublin August 4th 6-6.30pm (fully booked).
Two-month residency with 126 Artist-run Gallery and Studios, Galway
‘Laggard’, a text featured on The Paper website – The Paper, 2021
‘Collaborative Survival in Precarious Times’, a text featured in Hypertext (Issue 06) – Bloomers Magazine, 2020
a passive house – project with Glasgow and Cork-based curator Alison O’Shea
Rhetoric – Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland – online degree showcase
Villa the End – Pillkaller Alee 2, Charlottenburg, Berlin Gallery Weekend, Germany – selected group exhibition
Art(ist) Film – The Gate Cinema, Indie Film Festival, Cork, Ireland – selected group exhibition