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With Other Matter

January- March 2022 - Roscommon Arts Center

'For long periods in 2020 and 2021 social restrictions limited our interactions with people. Urged to stay at or close to home our engagements with the things and other matter that occupies these spaces intensified. This period has enabled a time to build new relationships with nature, plant species and other living things that surround us, allowing us closer observation and interaction with the often overlooked familiar things we live with and alongside.

The artists included in this exhibition were selected by Curator in Residence Naomi Draper through an open call to share works and processes inspired, influenced and involving ‘other matter’, plants and nature things. Through two group exhibitions in 2022 thirty-two artists will share their observations and interactions with other matter throughout 2020 and 2021.' Naomi Draper

https://roscommonartscentre.ie/event/with-other-matter-part-one/

 

Malleable Realities

The mixed-media wall and floor installations comprise drawings and collage combined with three-dimensional objects made from organic life forms, recycled materials, and layered digitised images. 

The work presents a speculative vision of our natural world where various materials are intertwined suggesting the creation of new species.

 

The repetition and distortion of forms and colours through the process of printing and manipulating scanned images symbolises the notion of reproduction through the use of technology.

The plastic – shaped like leaves – and the digitised hybrids of plants and human body parts are reminders of biological mimicry in which interspecific hybrids simultaneously compete and are entangled with one another.

 

This disturbing image is an invitation to question the relationship between human and non-human entities and enhance our awareness of the over-use of synthetics, a potent reminder of our current ecological crisis.

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