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Dorothy Cross, b.1956


‘Parachute’ by Dorothy Cross is a comment on loss and remembrance. A gannet, its beak near the ground, hangs upside down from a parachute suspended from the ceiling. Through the recuperation of the remainders of natural physical surroundings – a washed up gannet on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, Cross’ work both returns its animal protagonist to its former existence and presents a composition pertaining contemporaneously to the incidental and the highly careful assemblage. If, however, Parachute evokes former selves, it also appears to stem from a highly subtle sense of loss, where the accident – the artwork, the gannet’s death – is both recalled and forever relinquished.

MediumParachute and gannet
DimensionsDimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1898
Image Caption
Dorothy Cross, Parachute, 2005, Parachute and gannet, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005

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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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