Hurl’s work is of its nature political, drawing her influences from feminist artists and activists in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. 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 Hush-a-Bye Baby 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 Therry 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.
|Medium||Acrylic on board|
Unframed, 60 x 91 cm
Framed, 79 x 107 cm
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021|
© the artist | Photography: Ros Kavanagh
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Irish artist Patricia Hurl studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design. Hurl was a lecturer in Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and was a member of Temple Bar Galleries and Studios. Together with artist Therry Rudin, she established the Damer House Gallery in Co Tipperary in 2012. A major retrospective of her work took place in IMMA in 2023. She received the Pollock Krasner Award in 2023.
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