Léann Herlihy

  1. Bearing Block
  2. Waxed Nylon
  3. Wooden Cock
  1. Bow
  2. Hearth

Léann Herlihy [they/them] is an artist, researcher and educator based in Dublin.

Their practice is informed by trans*, queer ecological, feminist and abolitionist theoretical frameworks which deploy alternative modalities of expression through an array of mediums including live performance, video, billboards, sculpture, text, workshops and radical pedagogies.

Rigorously and creatively critiquing the positioning of Otherness in a heteronormative society, Léann actively transgresses beyond 'Other' as another tick-box option to choose from and moves to explore the generative capacity of collective engagement and resistance when we abolish colonial and capitalist prescriptions of personhood, the body and gender.

Employing a methodology of interdisciplinary collaboration, their practice actively de-centres the author and strives for multiplicity over a single narrative. Through this methodology, time and space become shared communal resources between an array of individuals as the parameters of individualism are resisted through a process of imagining how a collective might begin to live Otherwise.

Léann Herlihy is the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Artist Award [2022], Visual Arts Bursary [2021] & Agility Award [2021 - 2022] as well as being awarded a Project Studio [2021-22] at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

*I use ‘trans*’ rather than ‘trans’ to emphasise the unfixed category of transgender and to refuse the conventional work of easy classification that such terminology usually performs.