Mater Materia | Jen Donnery at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Mater Materia | Jen Donnery at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise


09/10/2020 - 31/12/2020    


Dunamaise Arts Centre
Church St, Portlaoise, Laois, R32 W93P, Leinster

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A solo exhibition by Jen Donnery, comprising ceramic sculpture, drawing and painting, MATER MATERIA questions the persistent belief that a “good” artist must be entirely devoted to their practice; that a “good” mother must give herself to the act of raising her children, and that one role excludes the other.

The intention of this body of work is to evoke empathy around the challenges of maintaining an artistic practice and sense of identity within the context of motherhood.

“The human body has been a source of inspiration for artists throughout the ages for a reason. We identify with the stories it can tell. Motherhood is ubiquitous and yet often overlooked, therefore as a significant part of my identity, it has become my focus.
To make figurative work is my visual response to motherhood, specifically the capacity of the mother’s body.
I have chosen the medium of clay to connect the concept to the form; its malleability can express the capacity of the mother’s body to stretch and grow…to shrink and tear…and yet remain resilient. Glazes reference bronze and Verdigris of classical sculpture.
I continue to explore gesture and flesh tones through paint. The representation of flawless bodies is popular, but many of us will not relate to this for long.
I want to celebrate imperfections as attributes; as the marks of having lived and reminders of what our bodies have achieved.”

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