Orla was born Ireland. She has had seven Solo Shows, and has completed 25 site-specific large-scale public sculptures, in Ireland, London and Istanbul.
Her work is in many public collections, including: Bank of Ireland; Aer Rianta; American Embassy; Dublin Castle, The University of Limerick and The Office of Public Works.
She is also in many significant private collections both nationally and internationally.
In the last 4 years she was commissioned to make 7meter sculpture for the Sabanci Collection in Istanbul, a 8.5 meter site-specific sculpture for The University of Limerick and just completed a 3-meter figure and a 5-meter 24ct gold leafed tree for the roof of Belvelly Castle, Cobh, at the entrance to the Great Island Co Cork.
My work is predominately figurative, the figures are highly stylized and usually appear with an abstract shape or an element from nature. I am curious about human behaviour and how we develop and change over time. How we analyse ourselves, relate to other people and how we connect with our surroundings is central to my work.
The process of making a sculpture is something I really enjoy; beginning with a thought or a feeling then a drawing, followed by the physical aspect of constructing the piece.
I like playing with and exploring different materials, combining elements that seem incompatible at first, but yet express something in the piece.
During this process I feel very much part of the work, almost like a meditation.