The OPW is delighted to present A More Immortal Atlas, an exhibition of new work by Orla Whelan. This work explores the relationship between colour and form within the expanded conditions of contemporary painting. It is motivated by an existential anxiety, and by a belief that abstraction, in all its historical complexity, is a viable means to address metaphysical uncertainties. While Whelan’s practice is rooted in painting, she often uses non-traditional painting materials to refer to the material and tropes of painting. The wooden wedges which have become part of her artistic vocabulary, are a usually unseen element of traditional painting, whose function she has subverted, to become the surface of the painting. Using wood veneers on panel, she appropriates the traditional craft of marquetry to make contemporary paintings.
The exhibition A More Immortal Atlas includes a large floor-based painting developed specifically for Rathfarnham Castle, as well new large-scale paintings, a modified painting table, a series of small works and an experimental text.
Rathfarnham Castle is open daily 9.30am – 5.30pm. Last admissions at 4.45pm