Selma Makela’s practice references geological and meteorological phenomena as a means to explore the complexity of memory, migration and displacement. Researching varying subject matter from folklore to large cosmic events, weather and time, her subject matter appears as distilled fragments, with suggestions of narrative and oblique connections.
Overpainted and many layered in there making her work depicts vast expanses of space within an intimate scale of a small canvas, exploring both the transitory experience of location and place in parallel with a larger geological timeline. The processes and research she uses to create and develop paintings she is now also using to develop sound installations.
2017 Arts Council Bursary
2017 Tir Sáile Residency Award, Mayo County Council
2017 Galway County Council – Individual Artist Award
2016 Cairde – Residency at the Model Sligo
2012 Irish Arts Council – Bursary
2011 Galway Co. Council – Individual Artist Award
2010 Fleck Fellowship ,Banff International Artist Residency, Canada
2010 Galway Co. Council – Individual Artist Award
2009 Galway Co. Council – Tyrone Guthrie Award
2009 Galway Co. Council Individual Artist Award
2008 Galway Co Council Individual Artist Award
2007 Claremorris Open Exhibition curated by Ingrid Swenson
2017 Áras Inis Gluire, Mayo, Ireland (upcoming)
2017 Focus Room at The Model, Sligo
2014 Magnetic North – Arts Centre, Galway , Ireland.
2012 Cosmic Ray Weather Station and other paintings, PEER , Hoxton, London.
2010 Eavesdropper , Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin
2008 Sound Travels Farther in the Cold – PEER, Hoxton, London
2008 The Time of year – Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo , Ireland.
Selected Group Shows
2017 Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo
2017 The Creekside Open, APT Gallery,London, selected by Alison Wilding
2017 Boyle Arts Festival
2016 ‘What if we got it Wrong’, Touring exhibition; FE McWilliam Gallery Banbridge, Wexford Art Centre, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, and West Cork Arts Centre.
2016 Cairde Sligo, Ireland
2016 RWA Royal West Academy, England
2016 Barbican Arts Trust Group , London
2015 ‘Et si on s’était trompé?’Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris, Curated by Nora Hickey M’Sichili
2015 ‘HORSE’ , Void , Derry, Curated by Mark Wallinger and Maolisa Boyle
2014 Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Gallerie Du Faoudic, Lorient, France
2013 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast, Ireland.
2013 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo, Ireland- Curated by Andrew Wilson, Tate Britain
2012 Wexford Festival Opera, Jonathan Swift Gallery, Belfast and Wexford, Ireland
2o12 Marathon Irish – Vyner St, London.
2012 Civilising the wilderness – Eigse, Carlow, Ireland.
2011 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo, Ireland – curated by Chris Hammond, MOT, London
2011 Constellations – Eigse, Ireland. – curated by Emma Lucy O Brien
2010 Any Other Gallery – Other Gallery, Banff Centre, Canada
2009 Delicias de la Crisis Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin.
2009 Royal Hibernian Academy Art Fair , Oonagh Young, Dublin.
2009 Claremorris Open Exhibition – Curated by Tom Morton, Hayward, London
2009 Afterwards – Curated by Sharon Kivland, Mead Gallery, Warwick University, Warwick, England
2008 ‘This Rather Than, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland.– Curated by Russel Hart
2008 Claremoris Open Exhibition – Curated By Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Tate Britain
2007 Claremorris Open Exhibition – Curated by Ingrid Swenson , PEER, London
2007 Royal Dublin Society, Student Awards exhibition, Dublin
2007 Glor Arts Centre Graduate Show, Ennis, Co. Claire
2005 Tulca – Galway Visual Arts Festival, Ireland
2018 ArtsIceland, Westfjords, Iceland
2017 Tír Sáile – Belmullet, co. Mayo
2017 Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland
2017 The Model , Sligo, Ireland
2012 Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill, Mayo, Ireland.
2011 Fogo Island Arts Corporation, Fogo Island Newfoundland, Canada.
2011 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan, Ireland.
2010 Banff International Artist Centre, Alberta, Canada.
2016 ‘Blown-in’ – Headford Pilot Project for Galway 2020
2017 ‘Cóitheach’ – Tír Sáile Residency in Collaboration with Noah Rose
2007 BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, First Class Honours GMIT, Galway