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Artist Louise Wallace (Associate Lecturer in Fine & Applied Art: Painting Belfast School of Art) discusses themes of gender, interior space, domesticity and women’s labour that characterise some of the most definitive works comprising of the IMMA exhibition Mary Swanzy, Voyages. Titled ‘Mapping Unknown Terrain: Modernism, Gender, Space in the Paintings of Mary Swanzy’, this lecture positions Swanzy’s oeuvre within the developments of modernism, the cult of the flâneur and the avant-garde’s predilection for travel. Swanzy’s articulation of a particularly feminine gaze will be read alongside the contemporary concerns of female painters working today.
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Louise Wallace Associate Lecturer in Fine & Applied Art: Painting Belfast School of Art, Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Louise Wallace graduated with a first class honours degree in fine art (painting) in 2002 and went on to complete her PhD in 2006. She continues to exhibit her paintings and drawings internationally, participating in shows at the Fenderesky gallery in Belfast, the Rua Red gallery in Dublin, the Soho20 Gallery in New York and the Siemens Art Space in Beijing. She has been awarded prizes including the British Airways Student Award (2001) and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland ‘Support for the Individual Artist Programme’ (2006; 2008). Her work is in public collections including the Ulster University, the ACNI permanent collection and the Boyle Civic collection, Sligo. Her article ‘Who Killed Marthe Bonnard? Madness, Morbidity and Pierre Bonnard’s ‘The Bath’’ is published in the Journal of Contemporary Painting 4:2 (2018). See more details here.
Mary Swanzy (1882-1978) is a unique Irish artist. Her level of achievement, world travel and original thinking is unmatched in Irish art, yet this is the first retrospective of her work in 50 years. She witnessed the birth of Modern art in Paris before the First World War and her work rapidly evolved through the different styles of the day, each of them interpreted and transformed by her in a highly personal way. View Artist.
This talk is programmed in the context of the exhibition Mary Swanzy, Voyages (until 17 February 2019). This IMMA initiated exhibition aims to reintroduce our audiences to this artist’s extraordinary achievements and reinstate her as a Modern Irish Master. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with text by Seán Kissane and a biography by Liz Cullinane. The exhibition is presented as part of the IMMA Modern Masters Series.
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