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This exhibition of works by Janet Mullarney, from the early 1980s to 2018, demonstrates the remarkable multiplicity of her career through a wide-ranging body of work. Although the works presented are diverse in scale, form and materials, they clearly belong to the distinctive world of Mullarney’s imagination. Her underlying concerns with the strangeness, darkness and fragility of the human condition also form a connecting thread.

Her desire for the exhibition is to create, “an environment of textures, dimensions and thoughts conceptually leading to a path concerning the enigma of humanity, and to the ambiguity of our intentions and self-knowledge, that I believe universal.”

Mullarney’s comments on the materials she uses reflect a deep interest in their individual powers. Earlier works in wood she describes as holding a human warmth, while she perceives wax as bound with sadness, papier-mâché humble and fragile, and video, “essential”.

The display forms part of the Then and Now series, a curatorial approach to exploring the IMMA Collection where artists are invited to place their early work among their current practice. This presentation of Mullarney’s work provides the opportunity to showcase the recent acquisition by IMMA of her sculptures All Ears (1995) and Domestic Gods I (1997).

About the Artist

Janet Mullarney 1952–2020

Irish artist Janet Mullarney attended the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio, Florence. Incorporating a range of materials including bronze, wood, plaster, foam, cloth, glass and wax, her dynamic sculptural works reference religious iconography, art history and human relationships. Mullarney’s work is represented in public collections including that of the Arts Council, the OPW, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

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Artists’ Conversation: Janet Mullarney and Helen O’Leary Soundcloud


Supported by Matheson as part of their overall support of Irish Art at IMMA

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.