Eggs & Butter
A group exhibition at glór, Ennis
For this exhibition glór brings together three formidable visual artists to produce a project that’s all about women’s strength. The project’s title, Eggs & Butter, references ‘Eggs and Butter money’, a popular means of financial independence for women in rural areas until the mid-20th century. The women would stash this money away for an emergency, giving them financial power to equals their responsibilities.
In the Upstairs Gallery, Emma Brennan’s dough installations and moving image reference the physical and mental strengths that traditional women’s crafts demand. The work draws attention to the role of a strong community in a creative process, with a nod to the artist’s ongoing performance and community-based practice.
Emily Waszak‘s woven and textile work showcased in the Upstairs Gallery include pieces made using discarded materials collected by the artist at a weaving factory. The beautiful pieces are surprisingly tough, explicitly difficult, and demonstrate the strength involved in their production.
At the Spás, Rachel Macmanus work takes the form of concept-led observational drawings that deal with questions of women’s strength in the context of contemporary everyday life in Clare, with a focus on women who live in rural areas. The work is based on a year of travelling and engaging in a series of meetings with local farmers around the county.
Emma Brennan, Emily Waszak, and Rachel Macmanus
Based between Belfast, Longford, and Dublin, Emma Brennan is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly in performative practices including multi-media installation, moving-image and collaborative processes. She is interested in the relationship between the artist and viewer, prioritising transient moments of a work, in which we may question both personal and general value systems.
Emily Waszak is a Dublin-based artist and a long-time anti-racist organiser and abolitionist originally from North Carolina. Emily works as a textile artist and is a former recipient of the Arts Council’s Visual Arts Bursary, and the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Research and Development Award with Create. Her current work focuses on disrupting the white gaze and collective grief.
Rachel Macmanus is a visual artist based in Co Clare. Her practice encompasses drawing and performance art. Her drawing practise is rooted in community based collaborative projects which allow an ongoing exploration into her social and geographical surroundings. Her performance practice is shaped by her prior career as a fitness instructor. She employs endurance-based tasks and repetitive actions as a way to experience how it feels to be present in a space. Rachel has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally.
At the preview event, Brennan and Macmanus delivered a unique performance work which addresses the theme of Eggs & Butter- the strength and resilience of women in rural areas. Emma and Rachel utilized elements of their respective performative practices- in this case flour and onions- as materials to work with for this event. The concepts of repetition, domestic ritual and physical endurance were explored as the artists worked in unison and also in competition with each other.