Eithne Jordan has worked in several different modes of painting. Her early canvasses, during the late 1970s and early 1980s in Dublin and London, explored almost abstract relations of colour and form. In Berlin, from 1984 to 1989, she painted primitive human figures, faces, divided heads, recognisable icons of melancholy, emptied of love or drained by it. ‘Split Face 1’ is one of a series of powerful paintings of single or grouped faces, executed on a large scale and united by their shared misery. Dark pigments are applied fluidly to form untidy faces that engulf the tiny bodies that support them.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||150 x 150 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, Maire and Maurice Foley, 2000|
|Item Number||IMMA.1450 FD|
|Out on loan||Narrow Gate of the Here-and-now: Queer Embodiment, East Wing, 30/07/2021 - 07/08/2022|
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