Pauline Clancy was born in Co. Leitrim and studied BDes (Hons) Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, 2006, before completing her MFA in Multidisciplinary Design (Graphic Design) at Ulster University, Belfast in 2013. She is currently a PhD researcher at Ulster University.
Her work explores the materiality of language through typographic form and is primarily realised through the medium of screenprinting. Process and materiality play an important role in her approach to making, while finished artefacts are important, the experimental and making process is of equal importance, where the process can also become an outcome. Current typographic research involves working with a number of processes and materials including interactive approaches to screenprinting.
She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Recent group exhibitions include Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2020); Rua Red Winter Open, South Dublin Arts Centre (2020); Disorder/Disruption, Ulster University Gallery, Belfast (2019); and Empreinte International Print Exhibition, Luxembourg (2017). Upcoming exhibitions include Posted/Unposted, Malmø Art Book Biennale, Sweden and Impact 11, Hong Kong. She is a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers (MISTD) and was awarded a Society of Typographic Arts (STA)100 Award as part of the 100 best examples of Typographic Excellence in 2019 (USA). Her work is held in collections including Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Wisconsin, USA and Manchester Metropolitan University, Special Collections of Artists’ Books.