Éilis Kirby was born in the United States and moved to the UK from Ireland in 1988. She has a BA in Fine Art from University of the West of England (UWE) and an MA in Arts and Ecology from Dartington College of Arts. Kirby practices under the umbrella of EAK Enterprises (incorporating EAK Press) and is based at Spike Island in Bristol.
Her interest lies in the things that surround us, and in particular the discarded and redundant. Using found objects, images and texts, she makes artists’ books, collages, sculpture and installation that explore formal concerns, humour and pathos and challenge mainstream values and hierarchies. A keen proponent of thinking through doing and “making do”, she has a desire to make beautiful art which is continually undermined by a subversive streak and her love of the thrown-away. Her work can be found in several collections including Tate Modern, The National Irish Visual Arts Library and University College London. She has participated in international collaborative exhibitions and artists’ book fairs in the UK and abroad. Kirby also runs the odd workshop (including the regular series Baby Art Hour at Spike Island).