Dr. Flanagan’s work has, at its foundation, a systems thinking approach. Her practice includes site-specific sculpture, social sculpture, sculptural installation, wearables and performance installation and is published in numerous books and journals including Germany’s leading arts journal ‘Kunstforum’ and the Irish Sculpture Society Journal.
Flanagan established the Wearables Lab at the Academy of Visual Art at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2009 where she worked as Assistant Professor until joining UNSW Art and Design in 2016. She is the founder of ongoing experimental research initiatives: Haptic InterFace (HIF) and the Peripatetic Institute for Praxiology and Anthropology (PIPA). Flanagan sits on the programming committee for Human Computer Interaction International (HCII) Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU).Renowned for her prosthetic sculptures, founded on theories of sunaptic sculpture and cyborganics, and practical training as dressmaker and blacksmith. The relationship between the body and technology and their intra-action with the environment remain primary research interests.
Flanagan’s work is represented in private and public collections in Australia, Ireland, Germany, Italy and China. Most recently, Hong Kong Heritage Museum acquired two works for their collection. She is the winner of four CASP funded Public Art commissions, a UGCTD Grant to develop PIPA; representative for Oceania at the Tournai Contemporary Textiles Biennial Belgium; recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award and winner of The Max Fabre Foundation Award for Environmental Awareness and was CeMoRe Visiting Fellow Lancaster University in 2015. She completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (Public Art) University of Newcastle Australia; Master of Arts (Visual Art) Bauhaus University Weimar; Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Associate Diploma awarded with honours (Fashion Design).