Crisps, toilet-paper, plastic bags, packaging, rubbish, furniture are some of the everyday materials brought into conversation with certain modes of art production and display, in work which explores the nature of representation, consumerism, visual hierarchy and ideas of value.


Caroline McCarthy was born in Dublin and studied at the National College of Art and Design, 1994 (BAHons), Dublin; and Goldsmiths College 1998 (MAFA), London.


Her work has been exhibited widely, with solo shows including Green on Red, Dublin; Gimpel Fils, London; Hoet Bekaert, Ghent; Parker’s Box Gallery, New York; Limerick City Art Gallery; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; Gasworks, London; Void Gallery, Derry; and Bugdahn und Kaimer, Dusseldorf. 


Group shows include Europe Exists, curated by Rosa Martinez and Harald Szeemann, MMCA, Greece (2003); East End Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004); To Be Continued, curated by The British Council, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Finland (2005); (Z)art curated by Jan Hoet, AbtArt, Stuttgart (2010); Group Coordination, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014); and Dismaland, curated by Banksy, Somerset, UK (2015).


She has also worked on a number of large-scale public projects including a commission for King’s College London with the Contemporary Art Society and a citywide project for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.


Her work is included in the collections of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Allied Irish Bank, Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Zabludowicz Collection, Berge Madrid, and private collections.

© Caroline McCarthy

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