This exhibition of works by Janet Mullarney, from the early 1990s to 2018, demonstrates the remarkable multiplicity of her career through a wide-ranging body of work including sculpture, painting, drawing, video and installation.
Describing the importance of materials in her practice, Mullarney writes: “Materials and what they convey in sculpture has always been important to me, from the earlier works in wood holding a human warmth; wax seems bound with sadness; papier-mâché is humble and fragile; video can be essential, and a table full of rejects come together as the landscape of a long journey. Arturo Martini, a magnificent Italian sculptor, put it in a nutshell when he spoke of how he had always loved sculpture not for its why, but it’s how.”
The Then and Now series is a curatorial approach exploring works in the IMMA Collection where artists are invited to place their early work among their current practice.
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