Mieke Vanmechelen (b. 1974, Antwerp, Belgium) lives and works in Ireland. She received her BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Classical Civilisation from Trinity College Dublin (1996) and completed an MA (First Class Hons) in Art & Process at Crawford College of Art & Design (2014).
Vanmechelen is Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017. The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The Arts Council. It is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Trustees of Muckross House. As an expanded partnership it demonstrates the ethos of Creative Ireland, enabling creativity in every community.
Recent projects, screenings and exhibitions include: Screening of Rath at Kerry Film Festival; Screening and performance of Diving the Wreck with SoftTack at ‘Women’s Voices in Ireland’ UCC, Sibéal Annual Conference in UCD and FiLia 2017, Institute of Education, University College London; I non (I), Performance for DAW MIDSUMMER MADNESS, at Leyden Gallery London; Documentary film Rath, Dingle International Film Festival (2017), winning the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature. DAW 5th Edition Exhibition, Granby Space, Waterloo, London (2017); Showcase, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Kerry (2016); The Byvoet Archive, Modemuseum Hasselt Belgium (2016). Work included in The ProCreate Project touring archive, The Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University; Lace Gallery, Nottingham; Manhattan College Annual M.O.M. Conference, New York and London Southbank University (2015); Screening and presentation, The Bee and The Great Mother: Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal Structures in Creative Work, School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University (2015); invited speaker at ICT Lisbon (EU Information and Communication Technologies Summit 2015). ‘Epona’ screened as part of Horse, Void Derry (2015).
Mieke Vanmechelen’s work often touches on mythological themes and carries symbolic or archetypical imagery. Looking at the relationship between the paradigms of male and female, the transgression of boundaries, she uses the body and nature as exploratory sites of convergence and co-emergence. Her main area of enquiry relates to the psychological realms concerned with the processes of ‘subjectivisation’ and involves exploring themes such as sexuality, familial bonds, traces of memory and the order of time. A sense of place pervades her practice and she draws on the imagery of cultural history and an inherent connection between living beings and the natural world.
Selected Essays & Articles