Leanbh and The Dream of Falling
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From the 2008 exhibition Leanbh and The Dream of Falling.
This series of work was initially conceived as a response to motherhood and the struggle of an artist trying to create work as a mother. On a broader level it encorporated a feminist perspective that I had engaged with in my BA thesis In The Name of The Other written in 1994.
Much of my work had at this stage dealt with the body political and its concerns centered around ways to challenge and subvert the traditional objectification of women's bodies in art and media. Through the use of composites or layers, I wanted to create a complex and nuanced representations of the female form that went beyond simply objectifying the body. This visual language here serves to highlight the ways in which women's bodies and identities have been subsumed and erased within the traditions of art. Overall, this series of images offers a thought- provoking exploration of the feminine from within the natural environment, and seeks to challenge and subvert traditional representations of women in art.
Their titles Bodymap, Lir, A PremonItion, Leanbh, The dream of Falling and Curl. This is a loose narrative that refers to body politics and identity, motherhood, the difficulty and joy of child rearing alone.