Éilis Kirby was born in Newport, R.I. and moved to the UK from Ireland in 1988. She has a BA in Fine Art from University of the West of England and an MA in Arts and Ecology from Dartington College of Arts. Kirby lives and works in Bristol where she operates as EAK Enterprises, incorporating EAK Press and other departments. Using found objects, images and texts, she makes artists’ books, collages, sculpture and installation that explore formal concerns, humour, pathos, absurdity, our relationship to the world around us, and that challenge mainstream values and hierarchies. She has a keenness for the discarded and overlooked, thinking through doing, and is an avid proponent of making-do, experimenting and improvising. For her, art is part of an on-going, life-long research project into what it is to live in the world that we find ourselves in. Kirby has participated in international collaborative exhibitions and artists’ book fairs in the UK and abroad, and her work can be found in several collections including Tate Modern, The National Irish Visual Arts Library and University College London. She also likes to run the odd workshop and enjoys the challenge of a PowerPoint presentation.