Mark Keaveney (b.1995) is an Irish artist based in Co. Roscommon. He has been studying Contemporary Art in GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media. While he mostly works in a variety of mediums, he has become gravitated towards digital art.
Mark’s practice examines the psychological effect that social media has on people. He explores the full range of this new media art through digital illustrations and animated video works. Since studying in Galway, Mark has presented his work in two shows. In 2016 when he took part in GTI’s end of the year exhibition, and in 2019 he participated in the third year exhibition ‘Coast’, a detailed study of work from third year students of GMIT.
He is currently showcasing his digital pieces in the final year degree show ‘Transience’ which will take place in Galway in June 2021.
My current practice is about the psychological effect of Social Media. I am exploring people’s addiction and engagement with these online platforms mostly through digital media, along with other mediums such as painting, drawing and photography.
Modern technology has proven to be a huge phenomenon and an extremely helpful tool in the contemporary artworld. It provides many benefits as well as potentially harmful results. There is a significant grey area to be found when approaching people’s mental health and these handheld devices. Rather than take a subjective stance on this topic, I will be presenting it for what it is through visual imagery. It will be left up to the viewer to decide how they ultimately feel about it.