Illuminating Art & Ideas
Marie Farrington’s sculptures trace the intimate intersections between history, knowledge and the act of making through an exploration of the subtle forces and entropies contained within spaces and materials. These Circular Ruins presents a series of new works that concern themselves with the intersecting agencies of language, form and image. Taking as its premise a number of myths and legends entwined within the history of Maynooth University, the project revolves around a walk taken through a number of spaces on campus to which rumours or elusive histories are attached. The installation, consisting of photographs, sculptural works and drawings, reflects on pictorial traditions, the constructed nature of history and knowledge, and how language can construct specific histories around spaces. It represents an effort to uncover delicate energies embedded within sites, and to give form to thoughts and ideas. In attempting to materialise elusive memories, stories and myths contained within the site, the project seeks to underscore the unperceivable currents that flow beneath mainstream forms of knowledge.
The title, These Circular Ruins, is a reference taken from Judith Butler’s seminal text Gender Trouble, in which Butler describes gender as the ‘circular ruins’ of contemporary debate. The exhibition borrows from this reference an awareness of the common impossibility of determining an exact point of origin for particular notions or theories. Expanding on this spirit, the project offers a way of thinking about history, language and myth that is less concerned with chronology and linearity, and is willing to forsake the historian’s empirical search for points of origin in favour of more fluid conversations about time, language and the history of stories and spaces.
Marie Farrington (b. 1990) studied in DIT (BA, 2013) and NCAD (PDE, 2014; MA, 2016). Recent exhibitions include In good faith they waited for gravity (solo), RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre; Periodical Review #4, Pallas Projects/Studios; COE 14, Claremorris, curated by Michelle Cotton; Stone Soup, Limerick, curated by Basic Space; A Subtle Matter, Catalyst Arts Belfast, curated by Amy Brooks; The Producers, Dublin, curated by Vaari Claffey. Marie was the recipient of the 2014/15 Visual Culture Postgraduate Scholarship at NCAD and was recently awarded the RUA RED Graduate Award (2015) and the Firestation Artist Studios’ Sculpture Workshop Award and Bursary (2015).
Curated by Aoife Tunney.