Angalifu 2015 shown at the Perth Museum and Art gallery
My practice explores the troubles in Northern Ireland where my paternal Grandfather, Lance Corporal Jack Marshall, was killed in 1977 aged 25.
In my current city of Dundee, the 'city of discovery' and hometown of my grandfather, I set out in search of common ground, uncovering Dundee’s violent past.
The archives of Dundee tell of a gang culture embedded in history. My work converts archive information into the public arena. This stems from historical documents; annual police reports from the 1960s to the 1990s and newspaper cuttings from The Courier during the peak of Dundee’s gang culture, as well as cuttings from The Irish Times and The Belfast Telegraph.
My practice develops from the results of my own research at Dundee Central library, Dundee City Archives, Dundee university’s archive collection and newspaper archives from Belfast Central Library. The idea for the work came from my experiences as a military child living in Palace Barracks, Northern Ireland and my family history during the Troubles. I am influenced by a range of artists, Claudio Hils, Christian Boltanski, and Sophie Calle and by continental philosophy by Jacques Ranciere and Theodor Adorno.
Kiera was born in Surrey, England on 1st May 1995. Her father served in two Scottish regiments within the British army and she spent most of her childhood living and relocating to different places such as Fallingbostel in Germany and Belfast, Northern Ireland as a military child - which is the foundation of her creative practice.
Kiera attended Queen Elizabeth sixth form college in Darlington, County Durham in 2011, studying A Levels in Fine Art, Textiles, German, Modern History and critical and contextual studies in art and design.
In September 2014, Kiera was selected to undertake the Creative Scotland Place Partnership project mentored by and working alongside Perthshire based artist from Hong Kong, Fanny Lam Christie. This involved working with Perth museum and art gallery in producing a bronze sculpture in response to the exhibition's current theme 'endangered species' to be installed as part of the museum's Past, Present, Future collection. This involved a short residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire.
Currently, Kiera is in her final year of the Art and Philosophy undergraduate course at Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and design at the University of Dundee. This course combines both contemporary art practice with continental philosophy. Kiera is particularly interested in aesthetics and both her art practice and writing are influenced by philosophers such as; Theodor Adorno, Jacques Ranciere and Jean-Francois Lyotard. Kiera is a member of the art school's student curatorial team and a member of Dundee's art collective, Generator Projects.