nothing alien is human to us | Tara McGinn at Platform Arts

nothing alien is human to us | Tara McGinn at Platform Arts


05/06/2021 - 26/06/2021    
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Platform Arts
Connswater Shopping Centre, Belfast, BT5 5LP

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Nothing Alien is Human to Us is an exhibition of new work by visual artist Tara McGinn.

Opening Saturday 5th June | closing Saturday 26th June
Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Saturday 11am-4pm

In this new, ongoing body of work she explores themes of historical absence and the uncanny in relation to domestic space, after a period of heightened anxiety and close proximity to her family home. Using narrative and fiction as a frame to explore objects, she employed mimicry and repetition through casting as a site to reify the cultural and sentimental values of her surroundings. Initially, she reacquainted herself with artefacts acquired through the line of matriarchal inheritance such as dishware, kitchen utensils and Pyrex paraphernalia. In her writing, she responded to the varying status these wares maintained to remain in circulation or to be redefined as obsolete. She reflected on how this determination also applied to the user; the obliging and invisible domiciliary worker, the unpaid (and usually female) counterpart of the homogenised home. The work developed to quietly subvert domestic roles aligning with gender bias that then impacts the worth of unseen labour. By incorporating tradition and reappropriating form, the surreality of a domestic interior becomes a space to collapse and rebuild a reimagined household.

Tara McGinn combines sculptural reproductions, reflective writing and image-based assemblages as a layering device to interrogate meaning and reshape language. Her interdisciplinary work responds intuitively to media and how the truth can be transformed into a spectre of itself. She embraces the malleability of forms through storytelling; developing narratives that translate her studio processes and research to connect subjects of trauma, memory, identity and space.

She is the recipient of the Platform Arts Graduate Award 2019. Her project was realised with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Individual Emergency Resilience Programme 2020.

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