A newly commissioned piece forms the centre-piece for Marie Brett’s large survey exhibition in Sirius Arts Centre, with an opening discussion event happening Saturday 9th April at 2pm.
Ritual of Stone and Water: Pilgrimage to the Ninth Wave Multiverse
This is an ambitious multi-media installation combining an architectural grain-silo, quartz, charcoal, a quadrophonic soundscape and tree-stump plus haze, light and video. The piece builds on Brett’s considerable work on lore, ritual and symbolism and relates to megalithic and holy well pilgrimage, exploring ideas of prophesy by divination.
“Engaging with agricultural vernacular formations, matter, celestial or ancient territories, and divination to suggest a holy well: it is a portal, possibly projecting into and receiving messages from another world, and it also functions as a terrain of renewal or healing. Yet there is some uncertainty as to whether it is communicating advice or warnings from the future.” Miguel Amado, exhibition curator
Commissioned by SIRIUS, with Arts Council support, this new piece encompasses considerable contribution from field specialists, architectural engineers, musicians and artisans.
This new piece is a central feature of Brett’s survey exhibition The Hidden Mountain, the Fort and the Five Trees, her largest exhibition to date spanning all three gallery spaces at intervals, and presenting work considering social, psychological, allegorical, and mystical methods of processing trauma, conflict, and control.
A panel discussion is taking place on Saturday April 9th at 2pm with critic Joanna Laws, artist Marie Brett and exhibition curator Miguel Amado.
This is a rare opportunity to hear the artist speak about her considerable body of work which recurrently involves peoples who have experienced traumas, and how her extensive social arts practice continues to grow at the cutting-edge of ethics and aesthetics in Ireland. Joined by the Critic and Editor of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet Joanne Laws and SIRIUS Director and exhibition curator Miguel Amado; this is a live event in the gallery, with free entry and everyone is welcome; no booking is required.
Sirius Arts Centre is located on Cobh’s waterfront, walkable from the train station
Open Wed – Sat | 11am – 4pm
Further information http://www.siriusartscentre.ie/