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Patricia Hurl

Hush-a-bye Baby1986

Hurl’s work is of its nature political, drawing her influences from feminist artists and activists in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. This work was originally shown in 1989 as part of Hurl’s solo exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, titled The Living Room Myths and Legends. The works shown there responded to the ongoing abuse of women within Irish society, in particular referring to the Kerry Babies Trial and the 8th amendment of the constitution in 1983. The exhibition highlighted the ongoing involvement of the Church in determining the lives of women in Irish society. This work, as well as Jingle Bells are autobiographical in content and refer to the loss of her baby. Hurl’s recent practice has developed into performance and film in collaboration with Thierry Rudin producing an on-going body of work on the subject of folk narrative. Her practice is also currently exploring issues of isolation and loneliness, often associated with ageing.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 76 x 91 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4332
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Patricia Hurl, Hush-a-bye Baby, 1986, Oil on canvas, Unframed, 76 x 91 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].