Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents Lynda Devenney’s the cicada stops singing and then flies away, as the fourth edition of From the Studios, an online series of work by our studio artists.
the cicada stops singing and then flies away, 2021, is a video research work from a series that was in development before the Covid-19 lockdown. The research has altered due to the restrictions in Ireland and in response to the current pandemic environment.
Across two different hemispheres, this project attempts to walk the circumference of instances of Cordyline australis. Often known as the cabbage tree or Tī kōuka, the Cordyline australis is a native New Zealand plant that resembles, although is not related to, a palm tree. The tree was introduced to Europe in the middle of the 19th century, most likely as a domestic garden plant. According to Colin Kelleher, this ‘palm imposter went rogue’ in Ireland around the 1970s.