Kira O'Reilly

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Country of origin



Kira O’Reilly’s practice deals with notions of the body as both material and site.


“Making direct and explicit interventions in my body I have bled, scored, marked and scared by way of investigating the unruly and chaotic materiality of my substance and the disparate narratives at play within.” O’Reilly, 2003.

Research project

Marsysus – Running out of Skin

Marsysus – Running out of Skin explored traditional lace making techniques interwoven with tissue culturing and engineering to develop an in vitro living lace of skin cultured from cells biopsied from the artist’s body.

O’Reilly eloquently recounted her residency experience in the BioDifference Conference during BEAP2004.


The eight-month residency was funded through the Wellcome Trust, UK.

Period of research

2003 to 2004