In November 2021 glór will bring together three formidable visual artists from Clare, Dublin, and Belfast 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.
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.
Eggs & Butter will launch with a live performance Thursday 4 November at 8pm. Chop Chew takes place in the spás area, featuring artists Emma Brennan and Rachel Macmanus. The artists will create a unique performance work which will address the theme of Eggs & Butter- the strength and resilience of women in rural areas. Emma and Rachel will utilize 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 will be explored as the artists work in unison and also in competition with each other. All welcome.
Curated by Dr. Moran Been-noon