The visual culture of early medieval Britain and Ireland as well as that of the Carolingian Empire and the Celtic Revival are my main areas of expertise. My current research projects include an exhibition, The Celts, at the British Museum (September 2015 - January 2016) and at the National Museum of Scotland (Spring 2016); an article on the Canon Tables of the Lindisfarne Gospels; and a book on the role of colour in early medieval art In Living Colour: Re-thinking Early Medieval Art (provisional title), specifically Insular, Carolingian and Late Anglo-Saxon works.
Select Publications include:
Word and Image in the Book of Kells, 2006, Four Courts Press
Articles and chapters (in progress)
- ‘Chasing the Rainbow: Ruminatio in the Age of Urgency, Impact and Crisis’ in Slow Looking in the Digital Age, ed. Catherine Karkov (IN PROGRESS, due for publication in 2016)
- ‘Squaring the Circle: The Art of the Lindisfarne Canon Tables’ in The Lindisfarne Gospels: New Perspectives (Brill: IN PROGRESS, due for publication 2015).
Peer-reviewed articles in press:
- ‘Art and Avatar: Identity and Gesture in a Virtual World’ in The Lewis Chessmen: A Special Issue of the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, ed. M Hall and David Caldwell, D. (Edinburgh, 2014): 83-110
- ‘Blood, Water and Stone: The Performative Cross’ in Making Histories, ed. J. Hawkes, (Stamford: 2013): 262-278
- ‘The Beasts of the Desert: Keeping and Ministering the Word in the Book of Deer’ Journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 57 (2013): 83-110
- ‘Eyes of Light: Colour in the Lindisfarne Gospels’ in Newcastle and Northumberland, ed. J. Ashbee and J. M. Luxford, BAA Conference Transactions XXXVI (2013): 54-72
- ‘Color’ in Medieval Art History Today – Critical Terms, A Special Issue of Studies in Iconography 33 (2012): 3-14
- ‘Looking to Byzantium: Light, Color and Cloth in Insular Art’ in Insular and Anglo-Saxon Thought in the Early Medieval Period, ed. C. Hourihane (University Park, Pennsylvania, 2011: 59-78
- ‘Exaltation and Humiliation: The Decorated Initials of the Corbie Psalter (Amiens MS 18)’ Gesta 49 (2011): 97-105;
- ‘‘The Eyes of the Handmaid’: The Corbie Psalter and the Ruthwell Cross’ in Listen O Isles unto me: Studies in Medieval Word and Image in Honour of Jennifer O'Reilly, eds. E. Mullins and D. Scully (Cork, 2011), 253-262;
- ‘‘Therefore do I speak to them in parables’: Meaning in the Margins of the Book of Kells’ in Making and meaning in Insular Art, ed. R. Moss (Dublin, 2007), 257-267;
- ‘Eloquent Ornament: Exegesis and Entanglement in the Corbie Psalter’ in Studies in the Illustration of the Psalter, eds. B. Cassidy and R. Muir Wright (Stamford, England, 2001), 242-256.