Born in Galway, Ireland, Kerrane received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast before traveling to the United States where she earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. Kerrane is Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and was honored as Researcher of the Year for CU Denver in 2017. She delivered the Keynote for IRON R 2, Cork, Ireland in 2014. Kerrane was also guest artist for IRON R18 at the National Sculpture Factory and Crawford College of Art & Design in 2018. As a board member for the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance (WCIAA) she is involved in managing biennial conferences across the US since 2008. Kerrane contributed to steering the 7th International Conference in Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) in Latvia and was co-director for performances for the 8th ICCCIA, Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2018. She performed in 2019 at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis for "Iron 50", celebrating the longest iron casting program in US academia. Kerrane’s work has shown in sculpture gardens, museums and galleries in the United States, Latvia, Italy, Austria, Mexico and Ireland. She returns frequently to Ireland to the Burren College of Art, where Kerrane runs an interdisciplinary, site-specific art course. For her the studio and gallery are a kind of laboratory for a pseudo-science and a physicalized celebration and critique of late modern culture as in her exhibit "Line of Inquiry" at the Glebe Gallery, Donegal, Ireland.
Art Practices- Sculpture
University of Ulster Belfast, Northern Ireland
B.A.; Fine Art
University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
2017 Researcher of the Year, CU Denver
Office of Research and Scholarship Grant 2018
National Sculpture Factory & Crawford College of Art & Design, Ireland 2018
The IRON-R Project was established in 2011, with the objective of exploring the underused and often underappreciated medium of cast iron and investigate the array of casting techniques and processes used to generate artwork from this material. Many of these iron casting processes are becoming obsolete in Ireland and are rarely availed of or employed by the art community. The IRON-R Project is an opportunity for both emerging and established artists to re-engage with this lost medium and its technologies. IRON-R 18 is another opportunity to share knowledge and to demonstrate and highlight the medium’s application and value in contemporary art practice.
8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art
Scranton, PA, USA, 2018
Cast Iron Performance Artists often use the molten iron as a sculptural vehicle for the imagination, drawing on its innate material properties and rich historical references. From the speculative and visionary to the practical and applied, artists working with cast iron use a wide variety of processes in their work. One of particular appeal and complexity is using the art and act of melting and casting as the art itself as performance.
The Branding Iron Graffiti Project (or the housewife at the ironing board)
Iron 50, University of Minnesota Minneapolis, 2019
The University of Minnesota Minneapolis, (UM), is celebrating fifty years of casting iron. This is the longest standing iron casting program in the country. In the Iron 50 work I incorporate the use of branding irons to generate communication as a means to critique the modes of expression we apply in current society. I am also intrigued by the content we deem important enough to communicate and make a permeant record. Identity, ownership, logos, graffiti, the custom of marking livestock, humans, the emoji texted in the stead of a word (or complete sentence); all are bound together in this work. I am exploring the power of the graphic symbol and the meaning of visual language when it becomes a cross cultural, universal language.