Cardigan based artist Seán Vicary works across animation, painting and printmaking.
His practice explores ideas at the heart of our relationship with the ‘natural’ world, place and landscape; investigating links between the subjective, scientific and historical aspects, especially those that are obscure or concealed.
Active research is integral to his creative process, frequently working with primary sources to shape his understanding and inform explorations of contemporary mythos.
Seán often works place-sensitively; observing and collecting found objects and fragments of detritus, then manipulating these elements in a virtual space to create animated assemblages. These act as triggers for the viewer, sometimes suggestive of a wider narrative or hidden processes at play behind the visible.
Seán is a regular exhibitor at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, winning the Design and Craft prize in 2011 and the Ifor Davies Award in 2016. His films have been broadcast in the UK and exhibited internationally, including Japan, China, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Mexico, Éire, Greece, Finland, Korea and Norway.
Recent commissions have involved an Art/Science collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, a tower-block size projection for Adelaide Festival and a deep-mapping project for Literary Atlas Wales. He is currently a recipient of a 2017 Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales, developing work that examines contemporary manifestations of Genii Loci.