New Generation Gallery

Ally McGrath

BA (Joint) Education and Fine Art , National College of Art and Design

New Generation Gallery 2021

From Bray in County Wicklow, the garden county of Ireland - I am inspired by my surroundings and my relationship with nature in everyday life. This work, titled "Biophilia and The Domestic" is a response to both our innate hunger for nature and growing detachment from it in domestic spaces, to the detriment of our physiological and emotional wellbeing. Are plastic plants and artificial wood textures in our homes a halfway point, sacrificing the real thing but needing some tie to it however far removed? Nature interacting with our belongings often suggests our absence, but in this work the opposite is true. Hand embroidery work and plant life build-up covering objects and taking over a corner of my previously stark white bedroom/home studio space. This project visually documents time spent responding to the siren-like call of nature, living in an installation slowly growing around me as I make from home during a global pandemic.

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