Born in Dublin in 1958; she studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1976-80, 1982-83) and the Royal College of Art (1983 MA in Sculpture).
Prendergast works in a variety of media: sculpture, drawing, painting and installations. The theme of much of her work has been the about ‘personal geography’ in, for example, a series of works in which the female body was treated as a form of landscape. Her major project City Drawings from 1992-94 was based on maps of capital cities throughout the world, tracing routes within and around them; they imply elements of individual cities’ histories but also present an imaginative comment on the generic character of cities as a form of social and political evolution. She was given the ‘Best Young British Artist Award’ for this work at the Venice Biennale in 1994.
She has exhibited widely through the world and her work is held in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery, the British Government Collection, the Arts Council Collection, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery in Dublin, as well as several major institutions in the USA.
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