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Leanne McDonagh

Macho Men2014

This work is part of the Reminiscence series, which explores memory and representation. About these works McDonagh has said: “Up until now many depictions of the Travelling community have been sensationalist and stereotypical which tends to fuel the negative relations between both settled and Travelling communities.  As a Traveller myself I want people to see the everyday realities of those who are usually misinterpreted by an outsider’s view, a view which is inaccurate and alarming.  The work that I create aims to be both subtle and contemplative, hoping to draw the viewer in, inviting them to explore and discover for themselves.  I achieve this by capturing images that are hazy and whimsical in their appearance, images that need to be explored and questioned in order to be understood.” In these a slow exposure creates an abstraction taking the focus off the actual person and creating a more general narrative representative of the community. Text sourced from:

MediumPigment on Hahnemuhle
Dimensions Unframed, 42 x 59.4 cm
Framed, 57 x 74.5 x 3.1 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4182
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Leanne McDonagh, Macho Men, 2014, Pigment on Hahnemuhle, Unframed, 42 x 59.4 cm|Framed, 57 x 74.5 x 3.1 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020

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

About the Artist

Leanne McDonagh

Artist and an educator Leanne McDonagh grew up on a halting site and gained first-hand experience of the prejudices and misconceptions that society has about Travellers. McDonagh attended Crawford College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and is the Traveller Education Coordinator for Cork Institute of Technology. In 2020 McDonagh illustrated the short story book  “Why The Moon Travels” written by a fellow Traveller, Oein De Bhairduin.

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