Cassidy, from Galway, Ireland, is a multi-disciplinary artist. She told a group gathered recently for a “Cocktails and Conversation” program at the KMA that most of her artwork involves at least two senses. The two on display at the KMA’s second floor Exhibition Gallery make use of sight and sound. And some of the sound is her own voice humming or chanting.
It really is relaxing. That’s why the KMA has thoughtfully provided comfy beanbag chairs for you to snuggle into!
“If anyone falls asleep during my work, I consider it a success” she assured us.
Cassidy said much of her latest art was born out of the pandemic. To escape lockdown, she often would swim — and record what she saw and heard on her cell phone. She swam during frigid temperatures, during rain and even during a hailstorm! And she used each experience in her eight-minute piece called “You Never Regret the Swim.”
The other, “Drink Up the Moon,” is a seven-minute loop of images of the moon. “I love thinking about our ancestors when I’m looking at the moon,” she said. “They were far more in tune with it than we are.”
Trained in music and digital media, Cassidy earned a master’s degree in music and media technologies from Trinity College Dublin in 2008 and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in digital art from Tulane University in 2014. Her main interests lie in audiovisual immersive environments, visual music and synesthesia.
The KMA, always free to visit, has several upcoming events involving Cassidy’s pieces including a couple featuring guided meditation. Click here to see when those are scheduled. Otherwise, just go and enjoy them on your own — and maybe take a nap!
Here’s a short excerpt from “You Never Regret the Swim.” The sound is ambient noise from the reception in the next room. If you go see the piece, you will find it to be a lot quieter!