Crisps, toilet-paper, plastic bags, supermarket packaging, rubbish and furniture are some of the raw materials used or referenced by Caroline McCarthy. Brought into conversation with certain modes of art production and display, it is the banal attributes or surface veneer of this everyday material which guide towards a given outcome. Often positioned in response to a culture of mass production, her work makes witty observations on the nature of consumerism and representation, whilst questioning visual hierarchies and ideas of value.


Caroline McCarthy was born in Dublin and studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Goldsmiths College, London.


Her work has been exhibited widely, with solo shows in Dublin, London, Ghent, New York, Derry and Düsseldorf, and many group shows internationally. She has also worked on a number of large-scale public projects including a commission for King’s College London and a citywide installation 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, Zabludowicz Collection, and Berge Madrid, and private collections.

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