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Dorothy Cross, b.1956

Kitchen Table1990

A found functional domestic object, ‘Kitchen Table’ is a complex combination of anima / animus – the image of woman in man, or man in woman. The painted wooden table was found in a traditionally male arena; an electrical power station in Pigeon House Harbour, Dublin, and the artist’s former studio. Among cup stains left on the tabletop, Cross burned silhouettes of sharks. An ambiguous mixture of sexual threat, excitement and death, the sharks depicted are the thirty species know to have attacked humans without provocation.

MediumWood, enamel bowl, steel, glass test tube, fossilised sharks' teeth
Dimensions90 x 162 x 60 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1991
Item NumberIMMA.4
Image Caption
Dorothy Cross, Kitchen Table, 1990, Wood, enamel bowl, steel, glass test tube, fossilised sharks' teeth, 90 x 162 x 60 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1991

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About the Artist

Dorothy Cross b.1956

Working in sculpture, film and photography, Dorothy Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. A sense of place pervades her practice. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s wild west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old.
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