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Eilís O’Connell is an Irish sculptor living and working in London. Her sculpture ‘Laden’ was purchased by the Museum from her 1999 solo show in the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin. In this sculpture, she explores a familiar theme. The organic and totem-like references of the object, which are a regular feature of her work, are emphasized here by the organic nature of the material and the way in which it was made. Pinched out in multiple pleated folds, from wax resin, the work retains the feel of the artist’s hand. The folds accentuate the overall organic shape and give a sense that the piece has grown slowly – they could be compared to the concentric annual rings on a tree trunk or the ridges on a human fingerprint.

MediumPainted cast resin
Dimensions Unframed, 208 x 114 x 72 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1999
Item NumberIMMA.858
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Eilis O'Connell, Laden, 1999, Painted cast resin, Unframed, 208 x 114 x 72 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1999

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

About the Artist

Eilis O'Connell b.1953

Born in Derry, Eilis O'Connell studied at the Crawford School of Art, Cork, and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. O’Connell’s totem-like sculptural works explore the combination of materials such as bronze and fibre glass, with organic debris from the natural environment. O’Connell represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1982 and the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1985. She is a founder director of the national sculpture factory in Cork. She is a member of Aosdána, and of the RHA. 

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