Custom House Studios and Gallery

The Custom House Studios

The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

T +353 (0)98 28735


Judy Carroll Deeley

Opens 20 February 2020 7.30pm, runs until 17 March 2020

Plantationocene is concerned with the ‘animatedness’ of machines, their tendency towards obsolescence, and the pollution they can cause. A strong focus is the deconstruction and abandonment of agricultural and industrial plant that leak oil and chemicals into waterways and into the earth, with adverse consequences for the health and livelihoods of local communities. Left to decay and rot, they appear to mutate, to ‘grow’ or to play host to organisms that alter their form and function. Carroll Deeley envisions the appearance of mutation, not only in worn-out or discarded machines, but also in humans and animals that fall foul of their leaks and residues.


Judy Carroll Deeley is a professional artist. Her practice primarily involves painting but also encompasses installation, assemblages, and collaborative projects. In 2019 her solo show Paraphernalia I took place in deAppendix, Blackrock. She participated in the Dun Laoghaire #2019Hinterland, in which she collaborated with a musician and a writer/multimedia artist to create and exhibit a multimedia audio-visual installation. She had work in Cairde Visual Sligo 2019 and in Signal Bray. In December/January 2019/20, her work was selected for the group show Utopia/Dystopia in the DLR Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laoghaire, which was curated by Aoife Ruane.


Judy has a BA Hons. Fine Art (Painting) from The National College of Art & Design, Dublin, 2008, and an MA Hons. Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire, 2011. She’s had four solo shows. She was awarded a Belmont Mill Residency in 2012 and a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2015.


Group shows include Utopia/Dystopia 2019/20, Cairde Visual Sligo 2019, Signal 2019, Murze Issue Seven (Abstraction) August 2019, Hinterland Collaboration, Dun Laoghaire May 2019, ‘Arrival’ dlrLexicon Gallery 2018 curated by Gemma Tipton, Dunamaise Open 2018, Signal, Dunamaise 2017, Imagining the Irish House, Straffan, 2016, Galway 1916 Exhibition, The Printworks 2016, Rua Red Winter Open 2014/15 (People’s Choice Award), Three Degrees of Painting, Solstice Arts 2013, Claremorris Open 2009.




Image: Plantationocene, Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm, 2019.