​Belfast-based artist Jan McNeill explores how language develops and shapes our view of the world.

Her installation, sculptural and photographic work draws on pre-existing metaphors around language, presenting metaphor in a subtle, near invisible form.

She creates a space where language can be explored in a physical form, giving a playful context and an alternative view of how language can exist around us. Materials such as silicone, acrylic and glass give subtlety to the work and capture the fragility of language and communication.

The artist’s own connection with language has often been ambivalent and her work represents a struggle to understand complexities, confusion, and even intimidation around the power and authority of words.

She is a current studio holder at Flax Art Studios and a Professional Member of Visual Artists Ireland​.