Maria Kerin(-Walsh), artist curator choregrapher.

Welcome to my blog. It introduces some of the processes and projects that I have been involved in recent years as an independent, rural based artist-curator and choreographer, working towards sustaining a slower rural based lifestyle, through creativity that also supports autonomy and self organisation within an inter-connective model of collaboration.

My movement-based arts practice provokes and informs a translocal artist-curatorial and choreographic practice, manifesting into peer to peer networks and systems to support collaborations presently in Ireland, Estonia and Sweden, in an interdisciplinary practice without borders.

I am particularly interested in deep listening, sensing time and opening up memories through awareness/presence as an embodied creativity process and ethical inquiry, informed through somatic principles that supports my practice concerned with our relationships with nature and consciousness. For example see blog page 'Post domestic: The future is the forest". Work with Kristina Kvamme, Sweden, since August 2019, in her walking practice that links through image and text live online on Fridays nourishes this. Ongoing explorations with Rachel Sweeney through Articulating Thresholds expands this inquiry.

Since 2018 I've been working on translocal, transdisciplinary collaborations in experimental heritage, with Professor Bodil Petersson of Linneaus University and members of Experimental Heritage network Sweden. This has led to us forming Karum-Creevagh, a group of artists, archaeologists and ecologists from Ireland and Sweden, concerned with our future.
See for a detailed archive.

See Outrider for more info on local rural networks and cross-cultural sharing.
For other online images, see my kind partner Michael Walsh's documentation of my work:

Should you wish to contact me for more information please text 00353877711033 or email:
See for collaboration with Dr Rachel Sweeney as part of The Floating Village eco-somatic practice since 2019.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

This has been an exciting month in the Elbow Room as I launch

 ReWilding Bodies

a participatory creative movement practice, 

embodied through the senses, guided by ethics and eco-somatic principles, for ur future.

First ReWilding Bodies Workshops will be at The Elbow Room, Burren Artists Studios @The Gentian Press, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare on Tuesday nights starting in September.  

  ReWilding Bodies Research  has commenced with Rachel Sweeney and  Tara Mooney in the Elbow Room this summer with Abi Ighodara coming this weekend and Russell Brown in September.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Skying - a course in embodied colour and painting

January -February 2021 SKYING

Constable termed 'skying' as a verb; lying on the ground looking up at the sky. While we didn't actually lie on the ground, we did connect through movement practice to being grounded as the portal to this experimental creative process.   

I developed an 8 weeks live participatory online course working with 6 participants exploring colour through an embodied creativity process; a sensorial inquiry, exploring our embodied relations to the sky as our subject matter through water-colour painting- Sounds, textures, smells, colours and our imaginations.

Redefines our relations with the space around us, focusing on cloud-watching, a great distraction from the shifting ground of the pandemic.

Tidal Welly Walking 1st October 2020 onwards

On the1st October 2020 on Lahinch beach I invited a group of local friends/artists to partake in an embodied pilot 'walk,' a somatic movement based exploration experiencing the conditions of the space between high and low tide on the beach.  Exploring the possibilities of sensorial walking through somatic insights from Body-mind Centering, Origins (Joan Davies) Traditional Chinese Medicine integration, contemporary dance techniques and Antoinette Spillane Still Point method. 

This process of inquiring is an experimental, open-ended, art and movement-based creative research practice being explored between Rachel Sweeney and Maria Kerin and co-aligners under the umbrella title ARTICULATING THRESHOLDS through a transdisciplinary, translocal, post site-specific lens.

This practice developed over the Autumn/Winter when possible with different participants. 

Thanks to all who participated. We will return to the beach after the lockdown.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Articulating Thresholds- collaboration with Rachel Sweeney

As part of our collaborative process through Karum-Creevagh research framework, Rachel and I are exploring a movement-based research approach to cultural heritage research through 'adaptation' and weaving back and forth through timelines, in a tanslocal, post-site specific inquiry,  supported by somatic principles: 

Articulating Thresholds - an afternoon of tea, talking and moving around questions of how we dance with change.

We had a two-week residency at the Burren College of Art (February 2020), which included 2 open studio invites to artists, dancers, environmentalists, archaeologists, and community elders to join us in a participatory multi-disciplinary inquiry, including storytelling, drawing, materials sharing (bone), movement and dance.

"Consciously striving to dance at the thresholds and slippages of artistic and environmental disciplines, we ask how adaptation might act as a strategy to inform our conscious encounter with radical change. Looking back as we move forward, our work maps timelines of Irish cultural heritage practices, particularly around water rituals in sacred sites that inform both metaphoric and real-time understandings of body-place relations".

We have facilitated 3 local sharings this year and continue our research process together through weekly movement practice sharings online.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Burren College Residency, 9 Dec- 22 Dec 2019

The road that leads nowhere.

In December 2019, I spent 2 weeks daily driving an inspirational route, passing Poulnabrone dolmen and others, passing the road that leads nowhere, as I made my way over Ailwee mountain, to the beautiful Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. The journey of about 40 minutes from my home outside Ennistymon set the atmosphere for my studio work, pulling me back in time, playing with the multitemporal.

Monday, September 2, 2019

PhD on hold

Year 2 of my PhD research into decision making through somatic principles for transdisciplinary collaborations is on hold once again.

in search of the eel...

February 2019 when starting my explorations with Danny Burke for Karum Creevagh Experimental Heritage process connecting with Kilshanny,  I had a dream that was to be a point of departure : inside a box were eels coming out of the belly of a body.

For the past 9 months Danny and I have regularly met and discussed art and archaeology of the area, starting with Kilmakreehy on the estuary and going upriver to Kilshanny.

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