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Kathy Prendergast, b.1958

Body Maps Series1983

‘Body Maps’ is an early series of work, in which the artist combines representation of the landscape with the female body to explore issues of ownership, exploitation and colonisation. Map-making has been an important motif in Kathy Prendergast’s work from the outset of her career. By applying map-making techniques to the figure the artist brings together two themes that have been linked for centuries – the landscape and the female body. However, mapping projects are also associated with colonisation. The landscape recorded in this way ceases to be landscape and becomes a territory to be colonised. This work reflects Prendergast’s ongoing commitment to exploring other conventions for representing three-dimensional qualities. In this instance there is an almost surreal imagination at work in the presentation of the female body through the pages of an atlas.

MediumMixed media on paper
DimensionsDimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Vincent & Noeleen Ferguson, 1996
Item NumberIMMA.775
Out on loan Ghosts From the Recent Past, West Wing, IMMA, 01/09/2020 - 01/03/2021
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Kathy Prendergast, Body Maps Series, 1983, Mixed media on paper, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Vincent & Noeleen Ferguson, 1996

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About the Artist

Kathy Prendergast b.1958

Irish artist Kathy Prendergast studied at the National College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, London. Incorporating materials including wool, fabric, human hair and found objects, her drawing and sculptural works consider issues of sexuality, identity, mapping and power. Prendergast has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2000. Her work is represented in public collections worldwide including Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Tate Gallery, London; the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, and the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu.
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