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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

Leanne McDonagh is an artist and an educator, she is also a Traveller woman who grew up on a halting site, with first-hand experience of the prejudices and misconceptions that society has about Travellers.
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