Skin Deep | Mary-Ruth Walsh at Wexford Arts Centre


Skin Deep | Mary-Ruth Walsh at Wexford Arts Centre Date/Time
Date(s) - 18/10/2021 - 04/12/2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wexford Arts Centre




Opening Reception: Saturday 23rd October at 4pm
Opened by Writer, Filmmaker and Curator Katherine Waugh

Wexford Arts Centre is excited to present Skin Deep, a national touring exhibition by artist Mary-Ruth Walsh. The exhibition launched at the Highlanes Gallery in 2020 and travelled to Limerick City Gallery of Art in May/June of this year. Through collage, film and sculpture/installation, Walsh extends her interest in architecture and explores skin as substance and metaphor. Skin Deep was commissioned by Wexford Arts Centre.

This is a new direction for Walsh’s obsession with architecture. Through the medium of film, collage and sculpture, Walsh explores skin’s parallels to architecture. Using Arnold Bocklin’s ‘The Isle of the Dead’ (1883) as a reference, SKIN DEEP brings us to an imaginary island, a medical-tourism destination for the pursuit of the perfect skin.

Walsh aims to uncover the psychology of society’s investment in skin as it continues to be a contested surface and a carrier of social standing. The work examines the impenetrable façades of contemporary corporate buildings and impassive faces that are unlined and inexpressive through medical intervention, questioning why flawless skin and flawless architectural veneers are considered important in society today.

Dublin born Walsh is based in Wexford and graduated from Goldsmiths College London (MA) and the National College of Art and Design (BA), Dublin. Walsh has participated in national and international exhibitions and the Artist’s Residency Programme in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; RHA’s experimental drawing studio, Dublin; Aabenraa Artweek, Denmark and Basekamp in Philadelphia. Walsh’s work is in the collection of Trinity College Dublin and private collections.

A full colour catalogue, produced by Folded Leaf, with texts by Katherine Waugh and Dr. Yvonne Scott will be available during the run of the exhibition.

For further information on Skin Deep or artist Mary-Ruth Walsh contact Catherine Bowe – Curator on +353 (0)53 91 23764 or email



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