Caroline McCarthy was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971. She studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 1989 – 1994 and at Goldsmiths College, London, 1997 - 1998. She lives and works in London. Past awards include the Allied Irish Bank Artist Award in 2001; Open Award at EV+A 1996 and 2000; and a Multi-Annual Bursary award from the Arts Council of Ireland, 2007/2008. Her work is included in the collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Allied Irish Bank, Arts Council of Ireland, Zabludowicz Collection UK, Berge Collection Spain, and many private collections.
Crisps, toilet-paper, plastic bags, packaging, rubbish and furniture are some of the raw materials used by Caroline McCarthy to bring value and taste to the surface of everyday objects and images.
Bringing such unassuming material into conversation with methods of art production and display, her work falls somewhere between the conceptual and the comical, the mundane and the poetic.