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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.

About the Artist

Janet Mullarney b.1952

Irish artist Janet Mullarney (born 1952) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio in Florence. Incorporating an extensive 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 many public collections including that of the Arts Council, the OPW, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. She divides her time between studios in Ireland and Italy. — View Artist »


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

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