Born in Dublin in 1970, Martina Cleary is a multi-media artist working primarily with photography and video. In Ireland she attended NCAD and The Crawford College of Art & Design, followed by post-graduate studies at The Academy of Fine Arts and The University of Art & Design, Helsinki. Beginning in the early 90’s, her work has been shown and collected in Ireland, Finland and Germany. Along with her work as an artist, Martina is currently Head of Photography at Burren College of Art and an associate tutor in the Dept. of Print at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Visually Cleary’s work often combines elements of ‘tableaux vivant’ and ‘documentary’ photography. She is concerned with finding meaningful ways of engagement with contemporary issues impacting upon the everyday lives of her subjects, while also touching upon deeper archetypical truths.
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