Cleary is a full-time-professional artist, a survivor of domestic abuse, a volunteer at Adapt Women's Refuge & a member of the Tipperary Task Force Arts committee. She received a First-Class Honors MA Degree in 2015 and graduated with a First-Class Honors Degree in Sculpture in 2014. She was highly commended for the 2014 program of the Undergraduate Awards in both the Visual Arts and the Media & Arts categories. She has received numerous grants and awards. Cleary has upcoming solo shows in 2022 in the Ballaí Bana Gallery of Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich, Belfast and the Excel gallery Tipperary.
Cleary’s practice embraces societal concerns and becomes a symbol of ‘the now’; it’s a visual response to the strength of the female as she navigates through a misogynistic culture. The concept behind the work derives from trauma and coercion associated with domestic abuse. Cleary makes work that adapts to the gallery space, and by viewing it in correlation with the space of the home she brings the private out into the public in order to open up a discourse around abuse with a view that cultural change can be implemented to provide a safer living environment.