Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2005, Maria McKinney has exhibited at both a national and international level including the National Gallery of Ireland, the RHA and RDS Dublin; Golden Thread Gallery and Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast; Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork and Sligo Gallery of Art. She also exhibited in Resolutions at the Katzen Arts Centre in association with the Smithsonian Institute, Washington and the 411 gallery in Shanghai, China. Her work is included in the Office of Public Works, Bank of Ireland and private collections. Her practice includes drawing, sculpture, installation and intervention.
During her residency with WHAT, Maria investigated the use of pastimes by using the remnants of solitary activities such as puzzles, newspapers, magazines and knitting to make drawings, paintings, collages and small scale sculpture. The outcome was a body of visually intricate works that explored the experience of distraction in a hospital context.
According to Maria, ‘In contemporary society the hospital is one of those spaces through which we are guaranteed to pass. Like the airport or a train station, the hospital is a gateway to both the first and final journeys. It is also a place where one goes to heal, hear a result or visit, making it a place whereby a period of waiting is convention. It is this time spent doing nothing except waiting which I am interested in exploring.’
Lingering Space, was an exhibition of drawings and digitally manipulated photographs that emerged from Maria McKinney’s residency. It was on display in University Hospital Waterford during October and November 2011.