An Irish-born woman who specialises in making works of art that are created by blowing things up is to become the first European Space Agency artist in residency.

Cork-born Aoife van Linden Tol, an artist working primarily with explosive media, is the recipient of the first art&science@ESA residency, organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA.

The residency will see her spend time with space scientists to research the composition, life cycle, magnetic behaviour and light production of stars, at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands.

She will also work with a team at Ars Electronica's Futurelab in Linz, Austria, to design her winning proposal.

It is called Star Storm and is described by ESA as "a spectacular performance inspired by the physical processes that characterise the life of stars".

139 different projects were submitted by applicants for the residency, with the winning entry chosen by an international jury.

According to her website, 38-year-old Ms van Linden Tol was born in Cork before moving to London with her family where she is now based.

As well as working in more traditional artistic methods, like sculpture, drawing and photography, she works with explosives to fuse her interests in nature, cosmology, chemistry and physics.