Contemporary artist collaborating with, playing with and harnessing matter in various assemblages, arrangements and structures.
McKeagney graduated in 2017 with First Class Honours from a BA in Art at Dun Laoghaire IADT, Dublin. During her BA in 2016 she attended an Erasmus term at The Academy of Fine Art (KUVA) in Helsinki.
Upon completion of her BA with the Project Glacial Till; removed, refined, dried, dissolved 2017 she was awarded with The Most Promising Graduate Award 2017 by Talbot Studios and completed a year long residency there in August 2018.
McKeagney's practice often incorporates written research and in 2016 she carried out a practical interview based thesis which investigated Artist-run Spaces in Dublin city and the effect of neo-liberal capitalism on their growth. This thesis won an Award for Academic Excellence from IADT.
Emma won a Workshop Sculpture Award at Firestation Artist's Studios Ltd. in Dublin in Feb 2018 where she fabricated work in the lead up to her first solo-show entitled Unstable Categories which took place in Pallas Projects + Studios in Dublin from 14th-24th of June 2018.
"Interested in working with material processes, I like to investigate the role of materials in art, technology and design, and how the interaction of humans and technology changes between the inception of a design idea and the actual use of a tool or object.
Currently, I am delving into the world of ergonomics, and the history of this term while turning the idea on its head looking at how things interact with people rather than how people interact with things."