A group exhibition curated by me and featuring work by artists Monique Blom, Zara Lyness, Ilaria Pellizzaro, Anushiya Sundaralingam, and Ruby Wallis is opening in Galway on the 25th May and will run until 29th June.
The opening event will include a performance by artist Zara Lyness at 5.30.
“[This] prompted me to wonder if ‘woman’ and ‘interior’ were synonymous.” Julieanna Preston, Performing Matter: Interior Surface and Feminist Actions
Where you are lost, we are Sídhe is exploring ideas situated between land art practice, traditionally-feminine creative crafts, and contemporary art practice. Each of the artwork presented is rooted to an action that began outdoors. The artists look at natural landscapes and social structures and explore their place within them as women, as artists, as occupants of space. Their actions are different from those of men artists who work with landscape: They do not conquer, they do not reshape, displace, or replace. They place a body or a texture, they harvest to create.
By creatively acting outdoors, indoors, and filling the space with their work, these artists are constituting a reality in which land art means placing and creating rather than displacing and reshaping. The idea of “constituting a reality” references Judith Butler’s ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory’ where Butler states that acting within public reality, unlike theatrical acting, potentially constitutes a changed reality. The work is rooted outdoors; it comments on the social structures that await us when we walk outside; it represents a creative relationship with land.
The exhibition opening event will be part of a day long celebratory launch of Engage Art’s new facility in Churchfields, Salthill. The day will include Open Studios and tours of the facility (1pm-4.30pm) where the public will get rare access to the Artist Studios, to see the how artist work and gain an insight in to the creative process. There will be free art demos for all ages in our workspace (1pm, 3pm). Please see www.engageartstudios.com/classes for further details.