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Caroline McCarthy is an Irish artist who has used a lot of materials that wouldn’t normally be thought of as art materials. Her work incorporates serious messages about the environment and history but also always has a touch of humour. For example, her artwork Promise uses things we will all be familiar with: plastic flowerpots and ready meal packaging. Here we see the artist using things we would normally throw away. The pictures of the garnish on the ready meal boxes are cut out and made to stand up as if they are real plants growing out of the pots. This artwork lets us think about what we eat, how it is sold to us, and what happens to all the packaging when we are done eating.

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About the Artist

Caroline McCarthy b.1971

Irish artist Caroline McCarthy studied at the National College of Art and Design and Goldsmith’s College, London. Her works in video, sculpture, photography and installation, make witty observations about the nature of consumerism and representation while also engaging with historical notions of art and the artist. McCarthy has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1990s. She has undertaken artist residencies in China, Iceland, France, the Netherlands and at IMMA in 1997.
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