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National Programme > Recent Projects

Alternative Nature, Cavan County Museum

Cavan County Musuem, Cavan

This exhibition of work from the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Collection is shown at the Cavan County Museum in partnership with the IMMA National Programme.  Alternative Nature is based on the depiction of nature in art and includes works by artists such as Hamish Fulton, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Alice Maher, Barrie Cooke, Oliver Comerford and Avis Newman. 

Alice Maher, Berry Dress, 1994, Rosehips, cotton, paint, sewing pins, 16 x 26 x 30 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1995

Oliver Comerford, Out Here III, 2003, Oil on canvas over board, 153 x 229 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2003

Tony O'Malley, Pigeons Notes, 1979, Gouache on paper, 27.5 x 37.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift from the McClelland Collection by Noel and Anne Marie Smyth, 2004

Tipperary-born Alice Maher works within the realms of nature and culture, subversion and transformation, mythology and memory. Working with materials like bees, berries and hair she builds up a strong relationship with their histories and cultural associations in the creation of surreal works that appear like enchanted objects from a medieval folk tale. Maher's lack of conformity to a single medium and wide use of natural materials are typified in Berry Dress, 1994.

Nests There Are…, 1986-7, by Avis Newman presents a complex combination of natural objects (bird's feathers and honeycomb), industrial material (steel) and painting and refers at once, to nature, craft, and to art. It also focuses on the intangibility of the imagination, as real objects fuse with the artist's drawn image and symbols of freedom and nature are tightly contained in its glazed and boxed frame.

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