The process of making and materiality are important elements of Vivian Hansbury’s sculptural practice. The emergent tactile quality of the finished works is a central concern. Ongoing research includes developing new materials that are more sustainable and have a less negative impact on our environment. Her approach involves combining traditional and experimental processes, combining weaving and cast elements to create more visceral works.
Vivian is interested in notions of identity expressed through a process led approach. The work addressed here relates to experiences growing up surrounded by the landscape of her childhood.
The meeting of process and transformation alongside topical conversations regarding environmental concerns are embedded in this body of work.
Vivian specialises in sculpture, installation and video media. Solo art exhibitions have included ‘Internal Logic’, The Concourse Installation at the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2003, the Triskel Arts Centre and the Temple Bar studios in 1997. Also participates in group exhibitions such as ‘Sculpture In Context’ at Dublin’s Botanical Gardens. In 1998, won an Iontas Sculpture Award for an untitled piece of work and in 2001, received an Eigse Work of Promise Award for sculpture ‘Breath’.