Fragility – the fragility of feeling secure – is an installation made from gorse (whin) bush collected around my home in the west of Ireland. The work explores what it is like for me navigating life as a new mother and artist living in the west of Ireland. It is suspended from the ceiling and shaped like a cloud as the thoughts of feeling secure as an artist now that I am a mother are always there in the back of my mind, hanging over me.
Brain Drain with Anathema opening today at 6 – Incubation Space 6 – 10pm (D01 N5H6).
Brain Drain is a loose term used to describe the substantial emigration or migration from countries. The result of this actionhas been the loss of expertise, and Ireland has a lon history of brain drain as a result of colonialism and financial crises; conflict and hunger. Someone who we know is moving away every week.
Pertinent to this project is creative Brain Drain, in which the artists exhibiting and exploring this theme have acknowledged the factors behind the phenomenon, whilst not disparaging Ireland as a creative inspiration and landscape.
The perfect day to launch my latest work, a short film I made with my gorgeous pal Martin Gaughan and the super talented Andrew Cummins – ‘From here to there, and everywhere’.
This project was an initiative of Mayo County Council Arts Service in partnership with the Arts Council and funding received from the Jobs Stimulus Package for innovative place-making projects in local areas, co-ordinated by Creative Ireland .
Influential artist and Linenhall board-member, Alice Maher is in conversation with HALL TALK today. She dicusses moving to Mayo, meeting the artists, mentoring, and some of her fond memories of art in the county. Watch until the end…
“Hall Talk” is a series of short interviews produced by artist Bryan Gerard Duffy. The conversations are with artists and creative people based around Mayo discussing their memories and connections with the Linenhall throughout the years.