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Brigid McLeer

PhD Work

‘n-scale’: the work of art

Central to my work is the ‘figure’ and the ‘figural’. The figure (in live performance, as images in video and photography, and as drawings, texts and sculptural forms) questions relationships between the individual and collectivity: between subjects that can be named and processes of community and congregation that resist naming. The figural is the opposite of this: a force of change, disruption, defiguration and affect. Between the two is a play between representation and experience of the social and material world.

My work ‘stages’ this play, through performance (bodies engaged in a task), a metonymic use of materials and objects, and a slippery use of signification.
Its final form (though ‘final’ is never the right word for the work’s formal and conceptual approach) is a site-responsive environment that, although often incorporating images and texts, is also replete with manipulated sounds, light, objects, materials, processes, people and other spaces.


  • Brigid McLeer
  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Photography, 2013–

  • Brigid McLeer is an Irish artist, writer and lecturer based in London. She trained in Fine Art at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, University of Ulster, Belfast, and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Recent exhibitions include: One + One, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, and Wexford Arts Centre; Horizontal Ontologies, Art Currents Institute, New York; Unspeaking Engagements, curated by Steve Dutton and Brian Curtin, Chulalongkorn University Gallery, Bangkok and LGP Coventry, and Vexations and Platform, In the Making, Site Gallery, Sheffield. She has published critical and creative writing in journals such as Performance Research, Visible Language and Circa, and lectured in universities throughout the UK, including the Royal Academy, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, Dartington College of Arts and Coventry School of Art & Design.