iCRAG Artist in Residence Martina O'Brien has recently launched an exhibition in South Tipperary Arts Centre, supported by the Arts Council. Shul, (a Tibetan word for ‘track’, meaning "a mark that remains after that which made it has passed by”) sees artists Martina respond specifically to Co. Tipperary, to sites/areas where humans have left our mark on, or in, the landscape.
these hollow-earth fantasies
Duration: 10 minutes
these hollow-earth fantasies attempts to grapple with the concept of deep time, fundamental aspects of our experience of time and extractive metallurgy histories. Deep time is a philosophical theory of geological time that refers to the time-scale of geologic events. These time-scales being vastly, almost unimaginably greater than the time-scale of human lives and man-made endeavours. The artwork also considers the residues on the landscape of our industrial past and by association, the effect these human interventions has had on our environment, providing material for examining the reverberations of a society driven by progress.
Ultra-chrome prints, series of 3
Dimensions: 84cms x 55.5cms each
Legacy Plots display images generated by Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) GSI data and are terrestrial visualisations of the rural landscape surrounding the Slivermines, Co. Tipperary. Whilst depicting, in part, the visible remnants of its former mining past, the artworks look to consider how geologic classification once enabled the transformation of territory into a readable map of resources. Surveying these sites via contemporary technologies used for applications such as navigation and cartography, Legacy Plots also explores how environmental sensors produce worlds that express distinct edges, limited conditions and endings, not unlike those narratives inextricably linked to environmental change.
To read more about Martina's artistic work with iCRAG visit our artist in residence page.