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The Arts Council Collection

Woman in the Machine is delighted to include a number of important works from the Arts Council Collection. These artworks respond to themes relating to technology and machines and their influence on our daily lives, the environments and systems that surround us.

Artists represented are:

Lucy Andrews
Elixir (2012)
Fish Bowl, laundry detergent, bucket, U.V. light, clips
Object: 660 x 250 x 250 cm Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
LUCY ANDREWS makes sculptures and site-specific installations. Her work aims to embody points of tension and collapse between natural and human-made systems. Through combining a wide range of materials she proposes dynamic materiality that appears to fluctuate between organic and inorganic, liquid and solid, grown and made.

Rhona Byrne
White noise cap # 2 and White Noise cap # 3 from Huddlewear (2017)
Fabric and exhibition carpet, hooks
Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
RHONA BYRNE is an Irish artist based in Dublin. She makes contextually responsive projects, sculpture, drawing and spatial environments that navigate physical and social space, embodiment and interaction. Huddlewear is a series of wearable artworks, or ‘social clothing’, that invite and encourage people to wear and interact with them, exploring the intimacy and complexities of connection.

Marie Farrington
Settings (2019)
Cast plaster, Indian ink, muslin 99 components
Overall wall: 168 x 210 x 3 cm
Overall floor: 168 x 210 x 3 cm Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
MARIE FARRINGTON makes sculptures that uncover residual aspects of places by tracing the subtle forces and entropies contained in materials. Her works emphasise the notion of surface as a point of intersection between sculptures, images and architectural forms.

Helen Mac Mahon
Hesperidae (2019)
Immersive light installation; Music stands, lamp stands, acrylic discs, motors, spotlights, mirrored mylar, glass paint
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
HELEN MAC MAHON is an Irish installation artist whose work explores light and perception. Taking the form of installation, sculpture and photography, her work is influenced by architecture, physics, the history of science and developments in material technology.

Niamh McCann
The Upshot AKA The Awakening AKA The Vanquished One (2019)
Taxidermy fawn, latex, bitumen, box frame, neon
270 × 78 × 50 cm
Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
NIAMH McCANN’s diverse and playful practice includes sculpture, installation, painting and video. It explores philosophical riddles/conundrums through seemingly random visual juxtapositions and spatial relationships, looking toward themes of travel, globalisation and urbanisation within very particular social and political contexts.

Maria McKinney
Health/Toxin, Cahirmee Gino (GZA) Health/Toxin (2016)
Archival pigment print; semen straws, glue, cable ties, powder-coated steel frame
Photograph: 125 x 225 cm (framed, unglazed); Sculpture and stand: 221.5 x x 65 x 65 cm
Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Reproduction/Chromosome, Templemichael Zebo (FR2279) Reproduction/Chromosome (2016) Archival pigment print; semen straws, glue, cable ties, PVC pipe, beads, powder-coated steel frame Photograph: 125 x 225 cm (framed, unglazed); Sculpture and stand: 140.5 x 33 x 130 cm
Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
MARIA McKINNEY makes work through a range of media including sculpture, installation, photography and video. She combines hand-craft with response to context, collaborating with scientists and farmers to produce projects that explore ideas surrounding genomics and agriculture.

Margaret O’Brien
Glitch (2016) Sculpture, sound, light, live electrical installation
Overall dimensions: 283 x 540 x 540 cm
Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
MARGARET O’BRIEN works with immersive installation using a combination of sculpture, live sound, light, moving image and kinetics. Her approach is experimental and explores ideas of failure through artworks that operate within a live state of malfunction or breakdown.

Fiona Reilly
Plea (State Pension (Contributory) Pink) (2019)
Social welfare forms, inkjet print
36.5 × 28 cm (framed) Collection of the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
FIONA REILLY is a multidisciplinary artist based in Dublin. Her work straddles the fields of fine art and socially engaged practice, investigating their relationship to each other. She works using a combination of performative and event-based actions and the production of objects. Play, experimentation and repetition are tools she regularly employs.

Lorraine Tuck
Unusual Gestures (2020) Hahnemühle Art Giclée paper
30.5 × 40.6 cm (framed) Collection of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon
LORRAINE TUCK’s Unusual Gestures depicts family life for a mother of two boys who have autism and two daughters, living on a farm in the west of Ireland. The ‘gestures’ in the title refers to her younger son Manus, who signals with his hands, but might also describe the efforts of everyone in the family to cope with the differing needs of the children and the working life of a farm.

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The Arts Council Collection

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Since 1962, the Arts Council has been buying art from working artists. The Collection that evolved tells the story of modern and contemporary Irish visual art in a unique and fascinating way. Today the Collection continues to grow and is comprised of more than 1,200 artworks including sculpture, painting, performance, print, video, installation, and photography and other works, many of which are on display in public spaces all over Ireland for people to experience and enjoy first hand.

The artworks being added to the collection each year are by artists who live and work in communities both across Ireland and internationally, continuing a proud history of the Arts Council purchasing excellent and ambitious art, and it reflects the immense quality of visual arts practice today.

Pictured Artworks:
Maria McKinney, Health/Toxin, Cahirmee Gino (GZA) Health/Toxin, 2016, photograph: archival pigment print, 125 x 225 cm, framed, unglazed; sculpture: semen straws, glue, cable ties, powder coated steel frame, 83 x 65 x 65 cm. Collection of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Maria McKinney, Reproduction/Chromosome, Templemichael Zebo (FR2279) Reproduction/Chromosome, 2016, photograph: archival pigment print; sculpture: semen straws, glue, cable ties, pvc pipe, beads, powder coated steel frame. Collection of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

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