Pastures Green & Dreaming for
The Basement Gallery, Dundallk
November 8th - 30th, 1996
A double installation which explores and expresses the personal
joys and sorrows which are a direct reaction to a change
in environment (city to rural life) and the recent death
of a parent.
With cows as central images, Pastures
Green explores the animal form and effects of scale. In
a "field" of paintings on household curtains the cows gain
significance through their colossal size. The curtains themselves
are redolent of the domestic nature of the cow, while the
"magic" colour imbues them with a sense of playfulness.
Through the complementary series of tiny paintings, the
cows gain a graceful, treasured significance. The simplicity
of their colour (b&w) and added gold leaf allows them
to become personal and precious icons.
Dreaming for Dad uses the same pairing of elements (i.e.,
curtain & icon) in order to place death in its context as
a natural progression of a life which continues beyond that
which we know. A large curtain diptych of dream-like red
& blue calla-lilies is complemented by the more austere,
tiny diptych of white lilies surrounded by silver leaf.
The two diptychs are meant as both a serious and joyful
memorial to my father.
A critical review of the exhibition appeared in CIRCA 79
(Spring 1997) pp 49-50.
Pastures Green was later exhibited in the milking shed as
part of "Sculpture in the Lower Yard", a group
exhibition at Fernhill Gardens, Dublin in August 1997.
In March - April 2012, two of the cow curtains
from Pastures Green were exhibited in a group exhibition,
Telling Tales, at the Irish Centre, Shanghai, as
part of the
Irish Wave Festival 3.
In March - April 2013,
Cow Curtain I was again shown in Shanghai in the group exhibition,
ReMade, at the TuShanWan Museum as part of the
Wave Festival 4.
Click on the small images right to view larger images from
this body of work.