Martin Fahy


Martin, a native of Waterford City, is a freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator who graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communication) in 2011.

During his time as artist in residence with WHAT, Martin explored ideas relating to the heart by inviting patients and staff members in the Coronary Care, Cardiac Rehab and Renal Dialysis Units of the hospital to share with him something they had learnt by heart. Much of the remembered material Martin received had been learnt in school, and although what was remembered varied from person to person, this exhibition also depicted a picture of our education, revealing things we were taught when we were at our most impressionable.

In the words of Martin Fahy, ‘The heart is something that fascinates me. On the one hand, it is a pump that moves blood around the body and on the other it is the emotional centre of our lives, a place where we store our most cherished thoughts and memories. The latter is long thought to be a poetic idea but new research is emerging to support it.’

Martin’s residency concluded with his first solo exhibition, The Quiet Heart, which was launched in September 2012 by writer Grace Wells in University Hospital Waterford.