Apertures & Anxieties Artists celebrate 300 years aims to create stimulating and aesthetically successful artworks that will challenge and engage the public in issues of medical research and art practice. Martina Cleary, "Turning Point" marks the final stage of a project begun in 2008 through collaboration with Clare Women's Network.
Apertures & Anxieties Artists celebrate 300 years
of Trinity’s School of Medicine
RHA Galleries I, II, III and Atrium
Aideen Barry, Megan Eustace, Andrew Folan RHA, Nick Miller, Ciaran Murphy, Maria McKinney, Theresa Nanigian, Abigail O’Brien RHA, Eilis O’Connell RHA, Garrett Phelan, Grace Weir.
At the invitation of the Head of School of Medicine and Vice Provost for Medical Affairs, Professor Dermot Kelleher, the RHA selected eleven artists to work with various, clinicians, researchers and technicians throughout the Medical School. Artists identified such areas as neuroscience, anatomy, psychiatry and social medicine in which to conduct their research and develop their response. In all cases generous access was afforded to artists to laboratories and research areas and in some cases close collaboration developed between the artists and the clinicians.
The exhibition aims to create stimulating and aesthetically successful artworks that will challenge and engage the public in issues of medical research and art practice.
The exhibition has been made possible through additional support of the Trinity Foundation.
Martina Cleary, Turning Point
This work marks the final stage of a project begun in 2008 through collaboration with Clare Women’s Network and supported by the Create, Phase I - Artist in the Community Scheme. Cleary’s decision to work with an ancient Greek myth for this cycle of images, came from a need to find distance and preserve anonymity, to offer a cohesion, or potential for meaning in events that so often seem to have none. It evolved in response to answers to the question, “What was the turning point for you?”.
The choice of the story of Demeter and Persephone was inspired by real stories and accounts gathered through individual interviews and research into gender-based violence conducted over a two-year period. The work presented here consists of staged images or re-enactments exploring the regenerative or redemptive potential of the mother-daughter relationship, central to this myth, while also reintroducing it’s psychological complexity as a means to navigate contemporary experience.
Martina Cleary is a multi-media artist working with photography, video, drawing and text as her primary media. In Ireland she attended NCAD and The Crawford College of Art & Design, followed by post-graduate studies at The Academy of Fine Arts and The University of Art & Design, Helsinki. Beginning in the early 90’s, her work has been shown and collected in Ireland, Finland and Germany. Recent shows and awards have included; The Irish Arts Council Project Award 2010, the Roscommon Arts Office Art@Work Residency 2009, EV+A 2008 (selected) at Limerick City Gallery and Impressions 2008 (First Prize) at the Galway Arts Centre. Cleary’s work has also been supported by Clare County Council, The Finnish Arts Council, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Finnish Institute in London and a number of other Arts organizations in both Ireland and Finland. Along with her work as an artist, Martina is currently Head of Photography at Burren College of Art and also works as a lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies at Limerick School of Art and Design.
Further information about this artist is available at www.martinacleary.com
Image: Aideen Barry, Deep in the Marrow, Instrument II, 2011, Surgical Steel, 36 cm x 26 cm, Image Courtesy of the Artist Aideen Barry (c) 2011
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