Carl Giffney (b. 1983) is a graduate of Irelands National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and the Irish Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) holding first class BA and MA degrees respectively. He also studied at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, before completing his post-graduate studies in 2011. He is founder and director of The Brown Mountain Diamond, an experimental artist led initiative in deep rural Ireland. Situated in Co Kilkenny, The Brown Mountain Diamond is homed in a small farm complex.
Giffney’s solo work as a visual artist investigates social capital through empirical and performative research, carrying out activities like mining, beekeeping and modifying cars. He works in eclectic settings which have recently ranged from sea horse farms, to churches to motorways. Physical materials play very important roles in his socially engaged practice.
Some recent exhibitions include PEINT at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (IE), Partij voor Ierland, at Roodkapje Rotterdam (NL), and Sisyphus Americana, at the Hoffman LeChance Gallery, St. Louis (US).