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Lecture| Cultures of Domesticity in Contemporary Art -JaneHumphries
Thursday 23 January 2014, 6.00pm, Lecture Room, IMMA
Dr. Jane Humphries discusses how artists have depicted cultures of ‘domesticity’ and the ‘everyday’ to question the larger historical context, is the focus of this talk. By considering the multiple aspects of labor, processes, materials and iconography the domestic, and everyday offers artists, Dr. Jane Humphries ponders how and why these have evolved within art practice in relation to value systems.
A selection of artworks in the exhibition One foot in the Real World, will act as a framework to address the artistic transformation of domestic and the everyday in which to investigate issues of identity, especially gender, where, she argues, the 'domestic' and 'everyday' enable artists to create a liminality between real and imagined universes.
This talk explores ideas Humphries developed within her PhD thesis: (Re) imagining the domestic in contemporary Irish art. In this research she considered the shifting value systems within 'the domestic' and 'the everyday' in Irish art from a feminist perspective and argued that subjectivities are formed via spatial and domestic signifiers.
About the speaker
Dr Jane Humphries has spoken and published a variety of peer reviewed articles based on her research - The House as an Exhibition Space, Space and Place: Exploring Critical Issues, Inter-Disciplinary Net, Mansfield College, Oxford, 14-16th September 2011; (Re)Writing the domestic into the everyday in Familiar But Unknown: Irish Women Artists 1800-2009, ed., Éimear O’Connor, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2010, 179-195; From Subversion to Celebration: The Emergence of a domestic avant-garde in contemporary Irish Art, Journal of Post Graduate Research, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 7, 2008, 36-54. She has also contributed to various journals, books and art magazines such as The Irish Arts Review and Circa. Currently she is working on a collaborative book with photographer Yvette Monaghan, that is based on her theory 'the domestic everyday’: Spatial Identities: The Artist, The Photographer and the Critic and seeking a publisher for her PhD research.