This exhibition of works by Janet Mullarney ARHA, from the early 1990s to 2018, demonstrates the remarkable multiplicity of her career through a wide-ranging body of work including sculpture, painting, drawing, video and installation. Although the works presented are diverse in scale, form and materials, they clearly belong to the distinctive world of Mullarney’s imagination.
Her underlying concerns with the strangeness, darkness and fragility of the human condition also form a connecting thread. Her desire for the exhibition is to create, “an environment of textures, dimensions and thoughts conceptually leading to a path concerning the enigma of humanity, and to the ambiguity of our intentions and self-knowledge, that I believe universal.”
The display forms part of the Then and Now series, a curatorial approach to exploring the IMMA Collection where artists are invited to place their early work among their current practice.
Irish artist Janet Mullarney ARHA, born 1952 studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio in Florence. Incorporating an extensive range of materials including bronze, wood, plaster, foam, cloth, glass and wax, her dynamic sculptural works reference religious iconography, art history and human relationships. Mullarney’s work is represented in many public collections including that of the The Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the OPW, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
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Image: Janet Mullarney ARHA, Domestic Gods II, 1998, Wood, plaster, wallpaper, mixed media, 210 x 80 x 50 cm, IMMA Collection, Image courtesy of IMMA and the artist.