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Arthur Seefahrt, poet, writer and member of the IMMA Visitor Engagement Team presents a talk and tour on the poetry and visual connections that underline Daphne Wright’s inclusion of the envelope poems by Emily Dickinson, within in the exhibition IMMA Collection: Freud Project, The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by Daphne Wright. Often described as a painterly poet in her use of corporeal language, this tour draws on Timothy Morton’s philosophical thinking, ‘Ecology without Nature’, as a valuable context to revisit Dickinson’s poetry and Wright’s curatorial configurations of Freud.

About the Speaker

Arthur Seefahrt is a poet, writer of fiction, & maker of things. His work has appeared in floorplan journal, Bodega, Strangeways, and in translation in Fettliebe and Word for Word. He has taught at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he received an MFA, and at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, as well as through the Brooklyn Poets NPO. He has performed a multimedia reading, Bugertown USA, at Webster Hall in New York, built a boat from scratch, and restored antique books. He recently completed an M.Phil at Trinity College Decay Studies is a multimedia installation which was hosted by the Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin.

About the Exhibition

The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by artist Daphne Wright, is the second exhibition to be presented as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project – a five-year loan of 52 works by renowned artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011); one of the greatest painters of the 20th-century. This exhibition takes aspects of Freud’s intimate studio practice as a starting point to explore themes of vulnerability, longing and loss that permeate the painter’s work, while also looking to the works of other artists who address on a wider scale the complexities of representation.

Daphne Wright

Daphne Wright b.1963

Daphne Wright attended Sligo RTC College, the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. Wright makes multi-narrative installations, using a range of fragile media including plaster, tinfoil, unfired clay, and sound and video. She considers how language and materials can be used to probe unspoken human preoccupations. Concerned with the transitory areas of life, she explores the cusp of childhood and adulthood, and the borderlines between life and death. 

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Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud 1922–2011

Lucian Freud (1922-2011) was one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century. Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality.
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