Christine Mackey is the May artist in residency, studio-based at The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland, she is a current holder of a Fulbright Artist Research Scholarship in the States pursuing independent research on the ecological and often at times antagonistic relationships between plants and the world of humans.

Christine has developed her practice through place-specific/context driven international residency programmes with recent endeavors taking place at Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), where she co-collaborated with a Men’s Shed group in the re-imaginings of a Chicken coop ‘Home Grown Housing’; through The Observatory Residency, in England, she discovered Asparagus Setaceus growing in the Vine House at Beaulieu a descendent from Lady Cecil Kerr’s wedding bouquet in 1889, which led to the work ‘Silent Needles Speaking Flowers’ a visual and textual exploration on the social bond of plants to humans and currently she has work in the group exhibition Common Ground at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, ‘To Draw in the Footsteps of Ghosts’ a multi-disciplinary installation that pursues the historic planting of 51 woodlands in Northern Ireland, the people involved and the evolution of these sites.

During her residency Christine will be pursuing new research on the historical, political and biodynamical and economic ecologies of plant life through the subject of the seed, tampered through a historical agricultural programme known as the Atomic Seed Gardening – a post-war project that was part of the ‘Atoms For Peace’ program, which attempted to find more ‘peaceful’ uses for atomic energy. Part of this process will include the development of work on how to embed multiple narratives and ideas around the process of ‘interpolation’ explored as a disruptive tool and how this interruption may take form.