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Mary Kelly, b.1956


During a course she taught in video production to inmates of Portlaoise prison, Kelly observed that many of her students were tattooed with the names and images of their children. She created a suite of work in response, which addressed the theme of Father and Child and how that relationship is expressed in contemporary ritual, where the human body is used as a ‘canvas’ for projecting the father’s needs and yearnings.

MediumLambdachrome print
Dimensions Unframed, 80 x 60 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, 2009
EditionEdition 3/3
Item NumberIMMA.3304
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Mary Kelly, Kevin, 2009, Lambdachrome print, Unframed, 80 x 60 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, 2009

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

About the Artist

Mary Kelly b.1956

Irish artist and filmmaker Mary Kelly studied at University College Dublin, Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Within her art practice Kelly considers ideas of home and place, and the instinctive human drive to create a personal space within diverse environments. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland and Europe since the late 1990s. She received the American Arts Award in 2006 and the Artlinks Award in 2007.

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