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Portraits of Irish Art in Practice: Rita Duffy, Mairéad McClean, Paula McFetridge & Ursula Burke
Explore local and global concerns of social justice and gender roles in contemporary Ireland's art
Access contemporary art attending to conflict, justice and belonging in Northern Ireland
Consider gender and practice in portaits of Ireland's female artists
This book mines the space where aesthetic expression meets lived experience for Irish artists Rita Duffy, Mairéad McClean, Paula McFetridge and Ursula Burke. Portrait essays woven with photographs, document each artist’s coming of age in Ireland and Northern Ireland, in the context of her emerging practice.
As individuals, their work considers infringements on human rights, systemic violence, gender roles and the negotiation of figurative and literal borders and boundaries. Together, they interrogate past and present conflict and emergence from conflict, locally and globally. Their critical work is threaded with hope in the context of past and present political fragmentation.
Works considered include Rita Duffy’s paintings, drawings and animation like Siege, The Emperor Has No Clothes and Anatomy of Hope; Mairéad McClean’s films No More, Broadcast and Making Her Mark; Paula McFetridge’s productions like convictions, staged at the Crumlin Road Courthouse, This is What We Sang, performed at the Belfast Synagogue and Belfast Quartered, A Love Story, a promenade through Belfast’s LGBTQ+ underground; and Ursula Burke’s sculptures like Bonfire, Blue Sphinx and Peach Caryatid, and embroidery like The Politicians.
About The Author
Jennifer Keating is a Teaching Professor of English and the Writing in the Disciplines Specialist in the William S. Dietrich II Institute for Writing Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh.
Author: Jennifer Keating
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: August 29, 2023
Page Count: 225