Class of 2023 • Installation

Barbara Seery

Barbara Seery
National College of Art and Design (NCAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


Through intuitive making using cloth and thread, I create sculptural forms exploring the relationship between the functioning of the human body and data.Every day we actively, or passively, participate in the gathering of data about ourselves, our activities, fitness levels and sleep patterns. Our cars and phones record our location and map our routes via GPS. When we scroll through social media, algorithms record our interests and use that data to tailor future feeds.When ill health strikes us and the interior operations and hidden codes of the human body go wrong, our very essence becomes a series of data points to be analysed, interpreted, quantified, and condensed into a medical language of letters, numbers, the unknown. From the moment of discovery and the relaying of critical information, one is on a journey to learn a new language, to decipher terminology and to stop the disintegration.In this body of work, I have used textile manipulation, embroidery processes and found objects, to make tangible a layered narrative of illness, an unravelling of certainty and of a known future.
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