Day Magee is a genderqueer performance and visual artist based in Dublin. Since 2011, they have performed as part of live art organisations such as Livestock and the Dublin Live Art Festival, before pursuing a BA in Sculpture & Combined Media in Limerick School of Art & Design in 2017, during their time there staging group live art events, and by their third year exhibiting work as part of Galway’s Tulca Festival 2019, group shows in Dublin and Manhattan, as well as being put forward for the Future Generation Art Prize 2020 by its Irish partner platform Pallas Projects Studios. They are currently commissioned by Arts & Disability Ireland for their 2021 Curated Space programme, and a member of MART Studios.
‘My work concerns the subjectivity of a queer sick body: queerness navigated via fundamentalist Christianity; sickness as manifest in chronic pain; the body being the site of self-conception as well as the instrument of self-reproduction. Experience acts as the dynamo, and the ensuing emotional interiority is the well from which I draw. My life is a question, and my work is its answer.
Taking the form of performance-centred/performance-initiated multimedia, I perform images drawn from self-mythology. The work hinges on the mutual suspension of disbelief between creator and spectator, acting as stylised rituals, their narration reliable or otherwise, charged by the witness of the audience. Given that my work is confessional, and confrontational, I am asking the audience to believe me.’
March: ‘Sam’s Eden’ at Catalyst Arts, Belfast - Work: ‘The Garden of Jarman’ [Video]
May: ‘Livestock’ at Bealtaine Festival - Work: ‘A Male Keening (vi)’ [Performance]
May: Online solo exhibition ‘Triloquy’ with Emerge Magazine - Work: ‘Triloquy’ [Video]
August: Shortlisted for RDS Visual Arts Awards - Work: ‘A Thing Least Like Eternity’ [Video]
Commissioned for Art & Disability Ireland’s ‘Curated Space’ programme, to be exhibited in November.
June 12-26: OUTLines at One Art Space, Manhattan - Work: ‘Ophelio’ [Video portrait]
June 21-July 6: The Queeratorial at Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin - Work: ‘Keening Garden’ [Performance; print; sculpture]
June 24: Cover-featured artist of GCN Magazine’s Rainbow Revolution Pride Edition
November 1-17: Tulca Festival, Galway City - Work: ‘Keening Garden Door’ [Performance; Sculpture]
December 5: Diffraction at 126 Gallery, Galway - Work: ‘Ophelio’ [Video portrait]
January 20: Queerstock at the Complex Dublin - Work: ‘Do It To Me’ [Performance]
August 17: Livestock @ the Dublin Live Art Festival at the Complex Dublin - Work ‘Saturn’ [Performance]