Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields and Gardens
This multi-media group exhibition highlights eco-community engaged practices of four artists working with peoples/natures in peatlands, woodlands, fields and cities in sw Ireland. Works include video, books, paintings, sketchings, prints on aluminum, grafted trees, blogs and other interventions by artists: Monica de Bath (Kildare County), Cathy Fitzgerald (County Carlow), Pauline O’Connell (County Kilkenny) and Seodín O’Sullivan (Dublin). Their creative-ecological practices call attention to the diversity of the ways that human societies are mutually constituted with and through their natural worlds and environments, rejecting dominant growth-based strategies of sustainable development. At times of ecological crisis, rapidly changing weather systems, and species extinctions, there is much to learn from these artists who ‘stay with the trouble’ (Haraway, 2016) to realise healthier environmental relations.
Taking place during national Science and GeoWeeks, the exhibition will be complemented by a symposium, launch, class visits, and future webpage and publication to invite a broader public to think differently about how we can begin caring for our wounded environments and create more sustainable futures. Curated by Karen E. Till.
The programme is generously supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations STEAM Scheme, Creative Ireland, Kildare County Council Arts Service, Maynooth University Department of Geography, Maynooth University Library, and the Space&Place and Ómós Áite Research Collaboratives.
Exhibition Preview: 15 November, Friday (Part of national Science Week events at Maynooth University): Pauline O’Connell: You Cannot Climb a Hedge (2018), two-screen HDV, variable dimensions.
Exhibition Symposium: 20 November, 4:30-5pm, Tírdhreach Feasach: Irish Environments in Transition, Rocque Lab, Rhetoric House, South Campus. Short conversations with artists Monica de Bath, Cathy Fitzgerald, Pauline O’Connell and Seodín O’Sullivan, and Nessa Cronin (NUI Galway Centre for Irish Studies), and Patrick Bresnihan, Gerry Kearns and Karen Till (Maynooth Geography).
Exhibition Launch: 20 November, 5:45-6:30pm, with short talks by artists starting at 6pm, Maynooth University Library Lobby.