LORRAINE WHELAN : PASTURES GREEN & DREAMING FOR DAD : 1995 - 1997
Pastures Green & Dreaming for
Dad The Basement Gallery, Dundallk November 8th - 30th, 1996
A double installation explores and expresses the personal
joys and sorrows which are a direct reaction to a change
in environment (city to rural life) and the recent death
of a parent.
With cows as central images, Pastures
Green explores the animal form and effects of scale.
In a "field" of paintings on household curtains the cows
gain significance through their colossal size. The curtains
themselves are redolent of the domestic nature of the cow,
while the "magic" colour imbues them with a sense
of playfulness. Through the complementary series of tiny
paintings, the cows gain a graceful, treasured significance.
The simplicity of their colour (b&w) and added gold
leaf allows them to become personal and precious icons.
Dreaming for Dad uses the same pairing of elements
(i.e., curtain & icon) in order to place death in its context
as a natural progression of a life which continues beyond
that which we know. A large curtain diptych of dream-like
red & blue calla-lilies is complemented by the more
austere, tiny diptych of white lilies surrounded by silver
leaf. The two diptychs are meant as both a serious and joyful
memorial to my father.
A critical review of the exhibition appeared in CIRCA 79
(Spring 1997) pp 49-50.
Pastures Green was later exhibited in the milking
shed as part of "Sculpture in the Lower Yard",
a group exhibition at Fernhill Gardens, Dublin in August
In March - April 2012, two of the cow curtains
from Pastures Green (Cow Curtain 1 &
Cow Curtain 4) were exhibited in a group exhibition,
Telling Tales, at the Irish Centre, Shanghai, as
part of the
Irish Wave Festival 3.
In March - April 2013,
Cow Curtain 1 was again shown in Shanghai in the
group exhibition, ReMade, at the TuShanWan Museum
as part of the Irish
Wave Festival 4.
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